In case you missed it yesterday, Mats Zuccarello filed for arbitration before the 5pm deadline. He and the Rangers were unable to come to an agreement before the deadline, so it makes sense that he filed for arbitration. This is just a step in the process, and does not represent any ill-will on either side. Some things to note about player-elected arbitration:
- Since he has filed for arbitration, no one can offer sheet Zuccarello anymore.
- In player elected arbitration, the team has the ability to walk away from the decision (if the salary is higher than $3.5 million). The Rangers did this with Nik Zherdev.
- Both sides can still hammer out a deal before the hearing date (date TBD).
- An arbitration filing all but guarantees that Zuccarello will be back next season, unless point #2 comes into play.