A New Dynamic Duo is Signed for Gotham
NY Ranger GM Glen Sather pulled two rabbits out of his hat right before Arbitration Hearings and signed two very valuable RFA’s, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello.
RFA stands for Restricted Free Agent, and these two young men played huge parts in getting the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals last season.
Because they were able to reach deals before the Arbitration Hearings, neither side had to downplay the other across a table with an Arbiter watching and listening. This way, both sides showed compromise and a willingness to stay/keep with the Rangers.
Chris Kreider signed a two-year deal worth $2.35 million for the first season and 2.6 million for the second. Kreider is coming off of a very good season, where he scored 17 goals and totaled 37 points in 66 games. He then fought through an injury and played in 15 Playoff games, where he added 13 points. He is just 23 and going to get bigger, faster and better.
Mats Zuccarello, just 5 foot 7 and 179 pounds (if you truly believe how he is listed in the Yearbook and Media Guide), plays with more heart than anyone in the NHL. His one year deal is worth $3.5 million dollars and he deserves every penny. Mats scored 19 goals and totaled 59 points for the Rangers last season, despite missing a few weeks with a wrist injury he suffered at the Olympics playing for Switzerland. In the playoffs, he was even more of a force, as he scored 5 goals and totaled 13 points in just 25 games. Mats will turn 27 on September 1st.
I would like to add that, as a Ranger fan since 1970, these two young men have proven themselves to be true Rangers. Not only do they hustle in every game, but they show heart, tenacity and grit. They also know how to put the puck into the net and onto the sticks of their line mates. They are both fan favorites, as you can see their jerseys all over the Garden and Hockey House this past season.
I just hope that Slats (GM Glen Sather) can sign Mats to an extension as soon as he is eligible, which is January 1st, 2015. I want to see the little “Hobbit” in a Ranger uniform for a very long time. Doubly so, because I have one myself.
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