Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/15/12

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 28: Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on October 28, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Is Del Zotto ready to cash in? Most players head to Europe during the lockout to keep in game shape. Clearly this is also a concern for Michael Del Zotto who, without an NHL contract, is taking more risk than most as he headed to Switzerland. However, there is another side to this, and that is Del Zotto making the Rangers management team realise how much the young defenseman is worth as the NHL tries to get back on the ice. Make no mistake, the Ranger need Del Zotto on the ice when (if) the league resumes. He’s their best offensive blueliner (depending on your opinion of Ryan McDonagh’s current offensive level) who playes 21 minutes per game at a young age. Throw in the fact that the Rangers are without significant organisational depth at the position and that Del Zotto still has significant upside, and he becomes an important part of the Rangers present and future. Both the Rangers and Del Zotto know his core role going forward. What hasn’t been agreed yet is how much each side is ...
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