March 13, 2019 | 1:20pm ET
STARS, ZUCCARELLO TO TALK CONTRACT AT SEASON’S END
Mats Zuccarello, right wing
The Dallas Stars appear to be interested in keeping right wing Mats Zuccarello beyond this season, but the two sides won’t be discussing a new contract until this season wraps up.
In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Stars GM Jim Nill said he would not start contract negotiations with Zuccarello’s camp until after the season.
Zuccarello, 31, was acquired from the New York Rangers last month for two draft picks – if he re-signs with the Stars, the Rangers receive a 2020 first-round pick instead of a third-round selection.
“We’ll wait until the season’s over,” Nill told the paper. “Right now, I’m in no rush with any contracts. I want to see how the team finishes, see what the player is. That stuff really kind of happens after the playoffs.”
Zuccarello, who has a $4.5 million salary cap hit, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if unsigned.
He picked up a goal and an assist in his first game with the Stars before breaking his arm off a blocked shot. He tallied 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points in 46 games with the Rangers.