New York Rangers, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
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Henrik Lundqvist and Mika Zibanejad react to the New York Rangers trading Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars. 

Dom Renna

The trade of Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars is conjuring up emotions all around the fan base. From love to thanks to anger, everyone is feeling something including his New York Rangers teammates.

As the news began to break, some players took to Instagram to wish Zuccarello the best of luck trying to get a Stanley Cup in Dallas.

It all started with Mika Zibanejad who took the simple yet so effective way of using emojis after finding out the trade.

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Zibanejad used the sleeping “Z’s” emoji in reference to both he and Zuccarello’s name starting with a “Z”, a peace out emoji, and a heart to caption a picture of Mika giving No. 36 a hug on the ice.

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For the better part of the last few weeks, Zibanejad and Zuccarello have skated together forming one of the best first lines the game of hockey had to offer.

While two-thirds of that line remains, it will be missing one major piece from here on out.

Henrik Lundqvist

If Zibanejad’s post didn’t bring a tear, wait until you see Henrik Lundqvist’s post.

Lundqvist would share an image of the two embracing after the Rangers clinched their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1994.

He captioned the picture:

“One of the most unique player and teammate I ever played with. Brings so much to the table. Will miss you a ton! 😔My favorite moment as a Ranger, “We’re going to the finals!!” #36 #Zuuuuk”

The King’s post definitely brings some tears considering the battles the two have gone through together. It’s only fitting for Henrik to use a picture and a caption like that, summing up what he called his “favorite moment as a Rangers.”


Thank you for the memories Zucc, you will be missed greatly.

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