Mats Zuccarello recently hit his former team hard over the current situation with Henrik Lundqvist, whose legendary career with the Rangers may have just ended with a whimper.
"It's disrespectful," Zuccarello told VG. "He is getting older, yes, and they have another good keeper, but then they could let him play the games Shesterkin doesn't play."
Before the Rangers called up top prospect Igor Shesterkin, much of the playing time was going to Alexandar Georgiev.
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Lundqvist -- who is owed $5.5 million in 2020-21 during the final year of his deal and whose future in New York is in doubt -- started just 26 of 70 games before the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"It is absolutely haunting that he is treated that way," Zuccarello explained. "Did anyone ever think that this was going to happen Henrik Lundqvist? None."
Zuccarello, who was traded by the Rangers to the Dallas Stars for two draft picks last February, also compared New York's current treatment of Lundqvist to how he was treated before the trade.
"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 and great, but then the management decided (something else), and then you are not worth a damn."