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Rangers send out qualifying offers

The RFA paperwork has been submitted. And after the smoke cleared, the Rangers made qualifying offers to Anton Stralman, Michael Del Zotto, and Mats Zuccarello. Stralman, MDZ, and Zuccarello were the only three RFAs at the NHL level.

NHL qualifying offer rules dictate that players earning under $660,000 in base salary be qualified at a 10% increase in base salary, players earning between $660,000 and $1 million (where all three Rangers RFAs fall) in base salary be qualified at a 5% increase, and players earning greater than $1 million be qualified at their original salary.

With that said, the final qualifying offers for the RFAs stands at the following (assuming my math is correct):

  • Stralman – $945,000
  • Del Zotto – $918,750 $826,875
  • Zuccarello – $945,000 $850,500

By qualifying these players, the Rangers guarantee themselves draft pick compensation if one signs an offer sheet with another club.

In regards to Zuccarello, yes he signed a deal with the KHL. But the deal has an out clause for the NHL should he receive what he wants. None of the remaining RFAs in the Rangers organization (all with Connecticut) were qualified.

7 Responses to “Rangers send out qualifying offers”

  1. Zen says:

    So basically all this does is guarantee compensation… correct? Do all three have arbitration rights? I would assume that Stralman and Del Zotto will ultimately get raises.

    • Ray says:

      It’s more than just compensation. Del Zotto for example can go out and get an offer sheet from one other NHL team. The Rangers have the right to match the offer and keep his services – or they can let him walk and be compensated depending on the value of the offer.

      However, should Zuccarello or Stralman head to Europe, all the Rangers get is to keep the NHL rights to those players.

  2. Ray says:

    I’m guessing the failure to make qualifying offers to Connecticut players is just a matter of timing and they will do this at a later date. Most of the eight other RFAs should be let go, but I can’t believe they will part with Talbot and Wellman quite so easily.

  3. wwpd says:

    how much is Metallurg paying Zuke?

    • Stian says:

      Reports in Norwegian media says in the neighborhood of $2 million +/-(net payment, since salary in KHL is payed without taxes).
      I have no doubt he would sign for much less with an NHL team if a one-way deal was offered though

  4. Jess says:

    Dave

    Cab Geek has Zuccarello’s QO at 850,500 and Del Zotto at 826,875

    He explains it as : Del Zotto- Because his base salary of $787,500 — total salary of $875,000 minus signing bonus of $87,500 — is greater than $660,000 and less than $1,000,000, it is increased by 5 percent for the purposes of his qualifying offer.

    Zuccarello -Because his base salary of $810,000 — total salary of $900,000 minus signing bonus of $90,000 — is greater than $660,000 and less than $1,000,000, it is increased by 5 percent for the purposes of his qualifying offer.

    But has anyone seen an official list as to who the NYR did or did not QO? Hard to believe they would not keep Talbot for the WHale

    • Dave says:

      Odd. Their contract details say base salaries of $875,000 (MDZ) and $900,000 (Zuccarello). Oh well. I’ll change it. Thanks.