If this doesn’t represent a wake-up call for Michael Del Zotto, 24 and unemployed, then nothing will.
For this isn’t Del Zotto being sent to the AHL midway through his second NHL (and pro) season by the Rangers and John Tortorella, or Del Zotto being scratched nine times by Alain Vigneault, or Del Zotto being kept out of the lineup in Nashville by Barry Trotz, or even David Poile passing on the Predators’ $2.9 million qualifier.
This is, rather, Del Zotto still searching for someone willing to buy low on him during an early summer in which the market for defensemen — serviceable and otherwise — has resembled the Dow Jones and even people like Deryk Engelland and Nikita Nikitin were treated as blue-chip stocks.
Remember last summer when it appeared Del Zotto, Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello would be the biggest beneficiaries of the Rangers’ coaching change from Tortorella to Vigneault? Well, two out of three isn’t bad.
Del Zotto, given all sorts of freedom on the ice, couldn’t ...