The joy of the New York Rangers feels after a two goal rally to win a point in an overtime loss between 6 and 5 to Washington Capitals in Capital One Arena on Sunday was scared by the fact that there was a long team team Mats Zuccarello it was not part of it.
The Dallas Star was handed over on Saturday for choosing a second round in NHL Draft 2019 and choosing a conditional third round in the NHL 2020 Draft. Zuccarello can become a free agent without limiting on July 1.
Keeper Keeper Henrik Lundqvist too tired to speak when Zuccarello was asked after the game.
"It's hard. Good friend," said Lundqvist before preparing. "I can not do that."
Forward Mika Zibanejad He added: "Personally, he was a man who took in from the first day, helped me, became one of my friends very close over the years. He helped me on the ice, off the ice with everything. "
Zuccarello has 37 points (11 goals, 26 assistants) in 46 games this season and has led the Rangers to score all of the last three terms.
He had a goal and assistant at his first star on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks before leaving the game late in the second phase with a higher body injury. Stars commented that Zuccarello was expected to lose at least four weeks.
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Signed as a free agent on May 26, 2010, Zuccarello has 352 points (113 goals, 239 assistants) in 509 regular season games and 31 points (11 goals, 20 assistants) in 60 Cup matches Stanley Playoff, all with New York.
"We know this day would come and you're talking about a special player and, as I've found my season here, I'm also a special man," said David Quinn, Ranger's coach .
In their first game since the trade, the Rangers scratched again a defender Adam McQuaid and on Kevin Hayes with the NHL Trade 2019 closing date on Monday at 3 p.m. ET. Each player can become a free agent without limiting on July 1, and could go when the Rangers meet to practice on Tuesday.
"You want those men in the locker room. You want to win with those men," said Zibanejad. "You're a business side that you do not want to be involved in. You would like to acquire men right now from year. That's the hope that we can do next year. "