Where things are with Dallas and Mats Zuccarello

6/28/19  | Zuccarello and the Stars have reportedly come closer in terms of annual salary but Zuccarello continues to want five-years while the Stars are only offering four-years. (The Athletic)

6/23/19 | While former Ranger Mats Zuccarello is still negotiating with Dallas, he will begin speaking with other interested teams today. (NHL.com)

Stars GM Jim Nill said that Zuccarello wants to “see what else is out there and then we will swing back and see where he’s at.” (NHL.com)

Frank Seravalli said that the Stars would prefer Zuccarello on a four-year deal while Zuccarello is likely looking for a five-year deal. (TSN)

Sean Shapiro writes in The Athletic that Dallas reportedly looks at Zuccarello as a player worth $5 million per season while Zuccarello sees himself as someone worth $6 million per season.

Elliotte Friedman wrote last week that there was “mutual desire” between Zuccarello and Dallas for an extension. (Sportsnet)

If Zuccarello re-signs with Dallas then the 2020 conditional third-round pick the Stars sent the Rangers would turn into a 2020 first round pick.

The Rangers also acquired Dallas’ 2019 second round pick which they used yesterday on Matthew Roberstson.

Adam Rotter: The feeling around the NHL is that Zuccarello will work something out with the Stars, probably somewhere in the four-year, $5.5 million range. If that doesn’t happen then Zuccarello becomes one of the top UFA wingers on the market and will likely draw a lot of interest. Could he return to the Rangers? If things don’t work out in Dallas, Artemi Panarin signs elsewhere and the Rangers move on from Chris Kreider, and to a lesser extent Jimmy Vesey, then I think it’s possible that Zuccarello returns. I don’t think Zuccarello would necessarily take a discount to return but if things were equal between the Rangers and another team, I think he’d opt to return. A lot needs to happen to even get to the point where the Rangers and Zuccarello entertain a reunion, but in the right circumstances I think it could happen. Ultimately I think he stays in Dallas and the Rangers get their 2020 first rounder but that Zuccarello returns to New York as a trade deadline rental in a few years to help the Rangers make a run.