Aside from the fact that Glen Sather managed to secure the services of all star defenseman Keith Yandle, Ranger fans are over the moon that Mats Zuccarello took a hometown discount to remain a New York Ranger.
I can’t think of the last player to do that. Even the Messiah, Mark Messier, left his adoptive hometown to go to Vancouver for the money.
Zuccarello is a smart player and an even smarter person. He saw Ryan Callahan get shipped out last year for playing chicken with Glen Sather over contract negotiations.
He realized that even a fan favorite and a team captain like Callahan was no match for the great and powerful Sather.
Who knows why Mats gave the Rangers a hometown discount? If he had hit the open market he surely could have gotten more. The fans and his friends on the team are glad he did.
How sweet is that?
How can you not love the Hobbit? He’s like my French Bulldog. Relentless on the bone, I mean puck. Energetic. Fun Loving. Affectionate. Loyal. Hard Working. Good Temperament. And, he has a permanent smile on his face.
Thank you, Mats. Thank you for staying. Now I don’t have yet another superfluous Ranger jersey hanging in my closet.