Signing Mats Zuccarello to Extension Should Be New York Rangers’ Top Priority

February 13th, 2015 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

The New York Rangers will enter familiar territory this offseason when evaluating which free agents will stay and go.

When making a decision on winger Mats Zuccarello, team brass should use recent history to guide it so that history is not repeated.

Last July, the Rangers decided to let a middle-aged player walk via unrestricted free agency, and they replaced him with a veteran player born in a different decade. The players in question are 28-year-old Anton Stralman and 38-year-old Dan Boyle, and the decision hasn’t looked good for the Blueshirts thus far. 

Although both are different players, it was still foolhardy for the Rangers to let a younger player go and replace him with a player on the verge of retirement.

The battle this time will be between re-signing Zuccarello or Martin St. Louis, and it should be a very easy decision to make that ensures that "Zuuuucccc" chants bellow throughout Madison Square Garden for years to come.

Although St. Louis was a key part during the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup, it has become abundantly clear that he isn&rs ...

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