Mats Zuccarello remembers time with Rangers
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It’s been 10 days since the New York Rangers traded Mats Zuccarello, and they meet for the first time as opponents Tuesday night. 

Dom Renna

Mats Zuccarello was the heart and soul of the New York Rangers, making his trade to the Dallas Stars a difficult pill to swallow.

Since the trade, Zuccarello’s only appeared in one game for Dallas where he scored a goal and an assist in his debut, but also suffered a long-term injury. The injury has “Zucc” out for four weeks, meaning he won’t skate against his former team Tuesday, but that didn’t stop him from reminiscing on his time in New York.

Zuccarello recognized the love and respect the fans and his teammates gave him. He jokingly told reporters how Mika Zibanejad misses him as if, “I was his boyfriend, he FaceTimes me every day.” He also went on to say how Henrik Lundqvist is a “good actor” referring to Lundqvist’s postgame comments the day after Zuccarello was traded.

He and some of his teammates went out to dinner Monday night when the Rangers arrived in Dallas. He also would go on to mention to Greg Joyce of the New York Daily News how tough it is not being able to play against his former team.

Since the trade, Dallas has posted a 3-1-0 record while the Rangers have gone on to lose four straight (0-1-3), but have picked up three points during that span. Head coach David Quinn is getting the most from his team, and even he admitted to missing the 31-year-old winger.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.