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Big decision looming for MDZ
Michael Del Zotto needs to be very conscious of how the next few days play out. How the young blueliner deals with the contract situation and the start of the upcoming abbreviated season is – to an extent – a crossroad in his young Rangers career.
The Rangers fan base can be an unforgiving one. When the crowd turns on you, the Garden can be a tough place to play (see: Malik, Marek; Rozsival, Michal). Negativity surrounding a player can certainly affect their performance, as these former Rangers would attest to. Del Zotto is in danger of coming across as greedy or unrealistic in the eyes of many, especially when the focus should be on getting up to speed as quickly as possible.
There’s also the relationship between player and organisation. Glen Sather has been quite vocal regarding the contract stalemate, and a strained relationship with the paymaster is far from ideal. Del Zotto will not be able to afford another up and down year like his second season,...
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Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers have agreed to terms with RFA defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Del Zotto will be in camp today. MDZ was priority number one for the Rangers in their “preseason” agenda.
We will post more updates as they become available.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that at the Rangers request, it appears Wage Redden will sit out the entire season in order to ensure he does not get hurt and thus jeopardize the planned postseason compliance buyout of the final year of his contract.
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...as expected. Rangers couldn't take a chance with Redden getting injured and missing...
With Larry Brooks at the New York Post reporting that the Rangers are scheduled to take physicals Sunday morning, then be on the ice by early afternoon if the necessary CBA paperwork is completed, Steve Zipay at Newsday feels there's a chance Michael Del Zotto might not be signed in time for the start of training camp.
Here's Del Zotto...
"We started talking...
New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto has agreed to a new contract with the team, according to a TSN report. Del Zotto would become the first restricted free agent to sign under new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which went into effect Saturday. The 22-year-old was selected 20th overall in the 2008 Draft by the Rangers.
A few random comments for ya'll on this wonderful, cold Friday:
- The Michael Del Zotto rumor I mentioned yesterday...People covering the Rangers are reporting the team is attempting to negotiate a new deal with Del Zotto over the next 48 hours. It's not all bad news, Oilers fans. I'm not sure Del Zotto is the solution we're looking for. I'm not saying he&...
“@nyrangers: #NYR agreed to terms with defensemen @michaeldelzotto and Matt Gilroy”/ Del Zotto’s deal is two years with AAV of $2.55M. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013 … this is great! It’s nice to know Michael Del Zotto will be with the Rangers when they begin their season next weekend and they won’t be [...]
These are the exact words that can be used to describe New York Rangers' defenseman Michael Del Zotto's new two-year deal with the club.
There is no doubting Del Zotto's offensive skills. Last season, Del Zotto was fifth on the team in the regular season with 41 points (10 goals and 31 assists) while adding another 10 (2 goals and 8 assists) in 20 postseason games....
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By James Stephan (@J_Habs)
On January 13th, 2013, Canadiens GM Mark Bergevin met with the media at the Brossard practice facility to announce that the Montreal Canadiens have officially parted ways with enigmatic center Scott Gomez.
Bergevin stated that this was in the best interest of the Montreal Canadiens future.
After an abysmal season of eleven...
Michael Del Zotto has agreed to tentative terms with NYR and is expected in camp today tho aspects of contract are still being worked on.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013
No terms have been released.
...had to assume this would get done this morning. Tough to comment without knowing the terms, but I can say that I'm glad to see Del Zotto back. Despite...
Per Bob McKenzie, Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers have agreed to tentative terms and MDZ is expected in training camp today. Aspects of the deals are still being worked on.
With the news that the Rangers and MDZ were about 600k apart yesterday, I was pretty confident the team and player would agree on a contract. The Rangers were reportedly offered a two-year deal averaging...
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Bergen Record - Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy sign with the Rangers
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With the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding yesterday the NHL lockout officially ended, and teams are now free to pursue business as usual. Teams are now finally allowed to sign free agents (restricted or unrestricted), make trades, make call ups, and perform other duties required for the start of the season.
For Glen Sather and the Rangers...
The Blueshirt Bulletin is back
A nice quiet Sunday from the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects which allowed me time to work on interviews with Cristoval Nieves on Monday and then a surprise on Tuesday. Those interviews will be in the season opening issue of the Blueshirt Bulletin.
Michael Del Zotto (NYR 2011 4th) is in a bit of a slump having no goals in his last...