Mats Zuccarello
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New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello was traded Saturday night and all of Rangerstown has tears streaming down to the floor.

Frank Curto

New York Rangers fans, the players and coaches, and Mats Zuccarello all knew it was coming. At 8:20 p.m. ET the news broke that the “Hobbit” was no longer a Blueshirt.

Let me be one of the first to say that this sucks. Hockey may be a business first, but there are very few players that come around that have the fans adored as Zuccarello did.

The heart and soul of Rangers will now skate for the Dallas Stars.

Fans across Twitter should the love and respect for a player who really deserved it. Twitter was exploding with thank you’s sent out to Zucc.

@AJ Castiglia posted a great tribute video to Mats.

He enjoyed many great moments in the sweater with the Rangers letters across his chest. From his very first NHL goal against the Carolina Hurricanes to his last Rangers goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Zucc laid in on the line every night.

Zuccarello’s best friend, Henrik Lundqvist, tweeted out his favorite moment with the former Ranger (weird to write).

“My favorite moment as a Ranger, “We’re going to the finals!!” #36”

Mika Zibanejad‘s Instagram post was simple and to the point.

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The Dallas Stars have no idea how lucky that organization is to have Mats Zuccarello for the remainder of the season and likely, the playoffs.

The players and fans will love him as did all of Rangerstown. It’s going to be strange to see him wear the green and white colors of Dallas.

All of New York will be rooting for him. All of New York will hope he gets another opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup.

All of New York will miss his smile, his fight, his heart, and soul. Mats Zuccarello is and always will always be a Ranger.

These numbers speak volumes:

509 Games Played
113 Goals
352 Points
One Stanley Cup Final Appearance
Two Eastern Conference Final Appearances
Seven Playoff Appearances in Eight Seasons

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A graduate of St. John's University class of '91. I have been a fan of the New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes, pre /post-game stats, and player quotes. I can be reached at