Zuccarello: Rangers’ treatment of Lundqvist is “disrespectful”

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Mats Zuccarello doesn’t appreciate the way his former team, the New York Rangers, treated franchise legend Henrik Lundqvist.

“It’s disrespectful,” said Zuccarello, according to Roy Kvatningen of VG, translated by Danny Abriano of SNY. “He’s getting older, yes, and they have another good goalkeeper, but then they could let him play games (Igor) Shesterkin isn’t playing. “

Lundqvist has seen a dramatic drop in playing time this season after rookie Igor Shesterkin was promoted from the AHL. His compatriot, Alexandar Georgiev, played the majority of Shesterkin’s missed games. Lundqvist started only four of the 29 possible contests after the Shesterkin recall on January 6.

“It is absolutely haunting for him to be treated this way,” said Zuccarello. “Has anyone ever thought that this would happen Henrik Lundqvist? No. “

With three goalies on board, the Rangers have decisions to make this summer. Shesterkin and Georgiev are both 24, but Lundqvist, 38, is contracted for another season with a hefty $ 8.5 million cap. It may be redeemed, especially since the club is against the ceiling.

Zuccarello sees some similarities to how the Rangers treated him – New York distributed the winger to the Dallas Stars by the 2018 trade deadline. Lundqvist choked on the movement afterwards.

“I never thought it would happen to me either. In my eyes, I was about to end (my career with the Rangers). I think Hank would too, “said Zuccarello. “Everything was going to be fine, but the management decided (something else), and you’re not worth it. “

Lundqvist, sixth on the all-time winning list, has a save percentage of .905 and an average of allotted goals of 3.16 in 30 games this season.

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