Mats Zuccarello, Rangers get date for arbitration hearing

Mats Zuccarello skates during a game against the

Mats Zuccarello skates during a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Credit: Getty, 2011)

Mats Zuccarello will have his arbitration hearing on July 31.

Zuccarello, a 25-year-old restricted free agent who has played 67 games as a Ranger, including 15 after coming over from Russia's KHL last season, filed for salary arbitration before the deadline earlier in July. The Rangers had given the Norwegian winger a $735,000 qualifying offer, but he seeks more money.

Zuccarello, who left for Mettalurg Magnitogorsk because he was disappointed at playing just 10 NHL games in 2011-12, had signed a $700,000 pro-rated contract on March 28. He notched three goals and five assists in the short stay on Broadway, plus a goal and six assists in the playoffs. The shifty forward has another asset: The shootout. He is 6 of 12 in his NHL career.

After being named MVP of the Swedish Elite League, he signed a two-year contract for $3.5 million in 2010, and played 47 games in New York. In Hartford in 2011-12, he scored 12 goals and had 36 points in 37 games, and was called up, but was injured soon after his return.

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