Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 1/10/13

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 2: Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 2, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
According to Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto are not close on money in their contract negotiations. Del Zotto, an RFA, is apparently looking for a deal worth north of $3 million per year, while the Rangers reportedly offered Del Zotto a two or three year deal at upward of $2.5 million per before the lockout. ...Del Zotto has got to be kidding me playing hardball. He doesn't know what he's getting himself into. Sather and the Rangers have all the leverage, so Del Zotto can either lower his demands or go find another team to play for. One year deal might be the answer. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.  
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