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Mats Zuccarello Takes A Hometown Discount

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Once was the time, and not so very long ago at all, the Rangers had to bribe players to come to play for, and then stay with, their Original Six team in the world’s greatest city.

But those days are history. Blue bloods are willing to take less in order to remain a part of the culture club that has been constructed in midtown Manhattan.

Mats Zuccarello became the latest to spurn his chance to become a free agent and maximize his value on the open market — just as Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal had done over the preceding 15 months — by signing the Rangers’ take-it-or-leave it (and town) offer of $18 million over four years.

There’s no doubt the Norwegian could have commanded more on the market in July, perhaps a significant amount more when factoring in the difference in taxes from one locale to the next, but the promise of additional riches did not sway No. 36.

“I told [my agents] enough is enough, I’m happy with the offer and it’s important for me to stay here for a long time,” Zuccarello told The Post following Monday’s two-assist performance in the Rangers’ convincing 4-1 victory over the first-overall Predators at the Garden.


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This is clearly a case of a player wanting to stay where he is at rather than him turning his noise up at Detroit.

As a player I’d be really wary of an agent. If the guy is making commission his only goal is likely to be to get the player the most $$$ regardless of location. Fortunately, most players are smart enough to look at other factors.

There are two things that have probably played a role in Detroit’s difficulties in attracting free agents that I think get overlooked:

1. The teams in the big attractive cities are finally playing consistently good hockey. When New York, LA and Chicago started winning, they became bigger draws. Also the original six was pretty awful with the exception of Detroit (and maybe Montreal) for a long stretch of time. Detroit no longer has a head up on the rest of the those original six teams.

2. The image of the city of Detroit. It’s a pretty poor image, right or wrong. It’s not exactly the place most people think about when wanting to raise a family. Wives and children play a bigger role in these decisions than many care to admit.

Posted by evileye on 03/03/15 at 11:37 AM ET

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It pains my brain to read that sentence, and it’s embarrassing that a professional “writer” got paid to foist that linguistic garbage upon the public.  Has every proofreader been fired in the past few years?  Reading the above, Brooks comes across as far less intelligent than he is, and that’s not a compliment.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 03/03/15 at 01:22 PM ET

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