Rangers Zuccarello just “sitting alone and waiting” to be traded, we speak with reporter Roy Kvatningen about the interview
Mats Zuccarello is at home in NY nursing a groin injury as his Rangers hit the road. Of course, the real story surrounding Zuccarello is not if he will be traded but when. Even though his first choice is to stay a Rangers, signs point to a different outcome. Fans holding out hope for him to stay may soon be dealt a crushing blow.
Update: Zuccarello responds
Waiting for the lights to go out on Broadway
In an interview this Monday with Norwegian reporter, Roy Kvatningen, Zuccarello spoke about his injury and his expectation for the future. I reached out to Roy to get more clarification since the interview was done in their native Norwegian.
“A trade appears to be the most likely outcome. I guess am prepared for it,” Zuccarello said. “Basically, I’m just waiting for it to happen. It’s a tough spot to be in, if I’m being honest.” The 31 year old fan favorite didn’t stop there and his next words will surely sting even more.
“I’ve always said that I only ever want to play for the New York Rangers, but I’ve been thinking … I’m getting older and maybe I could use a new spark”. That new spark would be going to a contender and having a chance to add a Stanley Cup to his career. Still, Zuccarello admitted that it won’t be easy when the day comes.
“It will be a very sad day, of course. I’ve been here a long time and know everyone in the organization, so it will be very sad. But I also think that it can be a positive thing, if it happens. You can get a spark from trying something new.”
More To the Story
Roy told me that this is a three part story and more info will be coming out. He specifically said it will be focused on Zuccarello’s future contract. “I feel that I’ve been consistent enough that any clubs who wants to sign me, knows what they’ll get,” Zuccarello explained. “I’ve never evaluated my game based on points”.