Mats Zuccarello discusses if he played his last Rangers game

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Mats Zuccarello may have taken his final spin at MSG as a Ranger. He spoke with reporters last night about that possibility.

Editor’s Note: Some of the quotes are translated from his native Norwegian and may not be exact translations.

After the game, Mats spoke with Norwegian outlet TV2 and provided a lot more insights into his situation.

“I don’t know if I play the next two. You have to ask the coach about that. You always want to play, but it’s not something I can control.”

Zuccarello on if he will play again before the deadline.

“I’m not taking that position right now. If they do not want me, they will not have me.”

Zuccarello on possibly re-signing with the Rangers as a UFA

Larry Brooks wrote a great piece on the friendship of Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello. When he asked Hank about his good friend being traded his response was somber.

“The times we’ve spent together, the talks we’ve had, I’ll miss that [if there is a trade] and I’ll miss him,” Lundqvist said. “I’ve had friends leave before. It’s hard. But when you play for one team for 14 years, it’s going to happen.”


I spoke with a member of the organization last night that expressed some disappointment that the fans didn’t give Mats a better send off. Maybe they are still in denial that a trade is going to happen. Regardless, if that was his last game skating for the Blueshirts we thank him.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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