Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/19/14

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)
If the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto want to get a contract signed under the current CBA then they're going to have to get things moving quickly. The NHL locks out at midnight tonight, and according to ESPN's Katie Strang, it appears that the a deal won't be reached beforehand. #NYR No deal expected to be reached between Rangers and defenseman Michael Del Zotto before tonight's lockout, I'm told— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) September 15, 2012 It's a risk by both sides. It's undetermined what the new CBA will look like and how it will change the status of contracts and/or what kind of extensions can be signed. Sather is reportedly offering Del Zotto a three-year deal worth somewhere between 2.5-2.8 million dollars annually. However, Del Zotto is looking to cash in for much more than that. For what it's worth, Capitals defenseman John Carlson, taken seven picks after Del Zotto in the 2008 NHL draft, just yesterday signed a five year deal with an annual cap hit of $3.97 million. ...
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