4EverRangerFrank Posted January 7, 2019 Share Posted January 7, 2019 GLENDALE, AZ.— It is time for Jeff Gorton to do the right thing. Time for the general manager to do what’s best for his team and for Mats Zuccarello by moving the impending free agent as soon as he gets a legit trade offer and thus end the waiting game that is eating away at No. 36 and sure isn’t helping the Blueshirts. “I’m a human being, so obviously it has been on my mind and I’ve allowed it to get into my head, probably too much,” Zuccarello told The Post following Sunday afternoon’s 5-0 rout by the Coyotes in which the Rangers put up no fight and Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the second straight game. “When it affects my game the way it has been, that’s on me; I shouldn’t have let it get to that point. “I mean, I’m a professional and have a responsibility to the team and my teammates. It’s been hard. I let it get to me. I need to let go of it and get back to being the Zukey everyone knows. I thought actually that it was a little bit better that way in this game for me, but obviously not close to being enough.” It has been obvious for nearly a year the Rangers would move Zuccarello by the Feb. 25 trade deadline. The club would have moved the winger last year, or at the draft, had they received a generous enough offer. Now, though, it’s a fait accompli. He may as well be a chalk outline of himself. “People can say that I’m making enough money [$4.5 million] that I shouldn’t let any of this affect me, but I’m sorry, I have been here for nine years, and I am human,” said Zuccarello, who has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) overall. “I know I have a job to do, and I am going to do my best for as long as I’m here. I don’t want to let anyone down.” Zuccarello has been an immensely popular player among not only the fan base, but his peers in the room. He has been one of the leaders, one of the guys able to lighten the mood in the room who also leads by example on the ice. But he hasn’t been that person or player this year. It’s not a leap to suggest that his teammates have noticed. “The last few weeks I have been too emotional about it,” Zuccarello said. “It’s a tough situation, but it’s also no excuse for me. It is what it is. I know that.” https://nyp.st/2QqRgRJ Let’s rebuild with a move soon. Gorton needs to keep weeding our Garden. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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