Found August 20, 2012 on
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs
The New York Rangers have had a fairly impressive offseason, finally landing Rick Nash in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets and re-signing many of their top players from last year’s squad that reached the Eastern Conference Finals. While they are hopeful that negotiations will go well with Michael Del Zotto over the next couple of weeks, the Rangers know that one of their blueliners will not be with the team when they first drop the puck, regardless of whether or not the upcoming season starts on time.
Michael Sauer, who has not played in a regular season game for New York since last December due to a concussion he sustained at the hands of Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames, may not get the green light to lace up the skates, even if the season starts a month or tow later than scheduled.
While New York would love to have the physical defenseman in their lineup, they do still have the luxury of being able to use Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman and Steve Eminger. Sauer would be nice to have when the Rangers open up next season, but it is looking more and more unlikely.
As for Del Zotto, he and the Rangers are hoping to come to a long term agreement before September 15, as no new deals can take place once the previous collective bargaining agreement expires, unless a new deal is reached before that date.
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Although the Rangers are likely to benefit from a lockout –due to the injury to Marian Gaborik– there is still a solid chance that when the season starts, the club will still be without their top scorer from last season. Gaborik, who had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in June, is said to be out five or six months recovering from the surgery.
The acquisition of Rick...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto (RFA) are not close to striking a deal.Brooks adds that Negotiations are expected to intensify over the next couple of weeks.The Blueshirts are believed to be offering a multi-year deal in the neighborhood of $2.2 million to $2.5 million per season.Del Zotto's last contract paid him $1.087 million...
On January 21, 2012, the New York Rangers gave notice to the rest of the NHL that they had arrived.
Just three weeks prior in the Winter Classic, the Atlantic Division was alerted that the Blueshirts were a legitimate contender and not going away anytime soon, as they took down the Flyers to continue their unbeaten streak against their Philadelphia foes for the season. But it was...
As luck would have it, I was fortunate this past weekend to shake hands with budding star and Rangers rookie, Chris Kreider. Along with other NHL players, Kreider graciously donated his time at a local charity event sponsored by Rick Nash’s former Columbus Blue Jacket teammate, Cam Atkinson, in Greenwich, Connecticut. So, coincidentally, what better way to feed off of that adrenaline...
In an attempt to take our minds off of the inevitable lockout, let’s turn our focus to the Rick Nash acquisition and if he will play with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik.
The concept of a “super” line with these three sure is enticing. After all, it worked in Ottawa with Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Dany Heatly. It has worked in the past with Sidney Crosby, Evgeny...
James O'Brien of Pro Hockey Talk breaks down a report courtesy of Craig Custance of ESPN in which teams would be in salary cap hell if the owners get the CBA in their model, which would lower the salary cap from $70 million to around $54 million. Here is the breakdown for the New York Rangers:Rangers: Would be $13.1M above $54M.
Custance assumes that New York would need...
Michael Rappaport of The Hockey Writers highlights the pros and cons of what a lockout could do for the New York Rangers, ranging from individual performances to team play suffering. He mentions Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist as the biggest benefactors of a shorter season.Not only would a shortened season give Gaborik the opportunity to play in a larger percentage of the Rangers...
Larry Brooks, in his final Slap Shot column of the summer, had two vignettes about the Rangers, neither of which was particularly good news. I will quote both pieces with my view below in italics as we step away from Labor negotiations for a minute or two.
Michael Del Zotto:
The gulf between the Rangers and unsigned Group II free agent Michael Del Zotto may not be quite as wide...
In his look at which teams are in the hot seat heading into 2012-13, John Kreiser or NHL.com mentions the New York Rangers, with the acquisition of Rick Nash and making it to the Eastern Conference finals, have heightened expectations....The Rangers are coming off a season in which they finished first in the East and made the conference finals, so anything short of a trip to the...
J.T. Miller (Plymouth Whalers)
I am not going to fib about it but boy am I glad the New York Ranger prospects playing in the Canadian Junior are starting to report to their junior teams for training camp. At the same time it is also kind of sad too because while the kids will be playing, the adults will be once again risking damage to the sport if the NHL once again has a labor...
According to the Greenville Road Warriors website, the ECHL team and the New York Rangers have come to terms on a renewal of their affiliation, marking the third straight year both organizations have been associated with one another.“We are excited to continue our relationship with the Greenville Road Warriors,” said Rangers Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld. “The Road...
August is always the toughest month for hockey fans. The Rangers season officially ended in late May but June provided us the draft and the intrigue of free agency. In July fans had free agent signings to keep our hockey-crazed minds occupied. In August there’s almost nothing going on to fill the emptiness that comes [...]
BY: Bruce Berlet (Special to Howlings)
Joe Resnick, the agent for All-Star left wing Rick Nash, denied a report that his client will return to play for HC Davos in the Swiss Elite League if there another NHL lockout.
Resnick told TSN that Nash, whom the New York Rangers acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 23, will not play for the European team that Nash and San Jose...
Greenville Road Warriors
Road Warriors Renew Affiliation Agreement with the New York Rangers
GREENVILLE, SC- The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have renewed their affiliation agreement with the NHL’s New York Rangers. The 2012-13 season will be the third straight year the Road Warriors and Rangers have partnered.
“We are excited to continue our...
There is a chance, perhaps even a likely one, that the 2012-13 NHL season will not start on time … or even at all.
But that fact didn’t stop Chicago Blackhawks fans from buying single-game tickets Monday morning (myself included) despite there being some social media campaigns urging fans to boycott the owners by not buying tickets.
Despite lockout concerns, Chicago Blackhawks...