February 22, 2019 | 10:33am ET
TheFourthPeriod.com

HAYES, ZUCCARELLO WAITING FOR INEVITABLE

 
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Mats Zuccarello, right wing

 

With three days to go until the trade deadline kicks in (Monday, 3pm ET), the New York Rangers are expected to be active as multiple players are expected to be moved.

Rangers forwards Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Strome, Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Kreider, and defencemen Adam McQuaid and Brendan Smith are among the names tossed around the trade market.

Hayes, Zuccarello and McQuaid are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents July 1, and all three are expected to be moved in the coming days.

The weeks and days leading up to the trade deadline can be a stressful time for many players, but as Hayes told the New York Post, “There’s nothing I can do there.”

Zuccarello continues to wait for an inevitable trade.

“I mean, you never know,” Zuccarello told The Post. “I have fun every time I play hockey. I have fun every time I’m in this rink. Whatever happens, happens. There’s nothing I can control. You gotta ask some other people if this was my last game.”

Hayes and Zuccarello remain among the Top-10 in TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.