Found November 21, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Del Zotto has fallen on hard times in New York For anyone that watches NHL Tonight, this week you’ll have seen Darren Dreger discuss the Rangers apparently having had contact with ‘five or six teams’ interested in acquiring Michael Del Zotto. The moment Del Zotto’s regression offensively caught up with Alain Vigneault’s lack of trust in his defensive game, this kind of rumour always surfaces.  For those of you not in the know regarding Dreger, he’s not the kind of guy who recklessly gossips so there are legs to this story. The Rangers should definitely explore trading Del Zotto. The Rangers need help offensively and/or they need more physicality on the blue line. Trading Del Zotto could help the Rangers tend to one of their needs as despite Del Zotto not having a good season so far, his previous offensive production, his relative youth, his affordable contract situation and his draft pedigree all combine to make him a very moveable asset. Whether the Rangers decide to move Del Zotto will likely depend on the return, but if they are to move Del Zotto the time is now. The modern day NHL requires asset management and right now Del Zotto is a declining asset. With his recent trips to the press box and with just four points on the season, Del Zotto appears to be regressing. His importance to the Rangers has also diminished as John Moore slowly but steadily develops. Include Ryan McDonagh’s offensive progression, and he could become a Norris-worthy defensman. In short, Del Zotto’s time in New York could be running out. With his contract up for renewal and without significant ice time, Del Zotto himself would possibly welcome a change. Given the possible mutual desire for change, the Rangers may not want to keep the player beyond this year. Given his current performance levels and expiring contract, the Rangers should strike quickly if they intend to at all. Del Zotto is still a very talented player, a skilled defenseman who has proven he can generate offense at the NHL level. He is still young with legitimate upside, so it would be foolish of the Rangers to move him for the sake of change. But if the Rangers feel he no longer has a long term future in NYC and they can get quality in return (whether it be draft picks, prospects or NHL bodies), they should consider it. Despite his flaws, Glen Sather’s strengths include his ability to outfox countless general managers at the trade table. Ryan McDonagh’s role as a key Ranger is exhibit A to that effect. Could Del Zotto net a similar return? If Scott Gomez can net a player such as McDonagh don’t rule anything out. Tweet

Rangers Rumors: Del Zotto Finally On The Move?

For the past few years, Michael Del Zotto, has treated us to a very Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde style of hockey. His rookie season, at just the age of 19, he drew comparisons to Brian Leetch as he showed a ton of offensive upside. His sophomore season saw him bouncing around between the NHL and […]

Del Zotto to return to lineup tomorrow

Per Katie Strang, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night in Dallas. Del Zotto had been a healthy scratch for the past three games. The Rangers went 1-2 in that span, scoring just two goals (both on the powerplay) while allowing three goals. Justin Falk, who had been replacing Del Zotto in the lineup, could be the odd-man out tomorrow. Per Strang...

Michael Del Zotto drawing interest, on Sens' radar

Michael Del Zotto is in his fifth season with the New York Rangers this season after they selected him 20th overall in the 2008 draft and at this point his career in New York is heading in the wrong direction. His play in the defensive zone has been oft-criticized by the Rangers faithfu. and not only that, his production and time is dipping. In 16 games he has just one goal and...

Michael Del Zotto Trade to Ottawa Senators

My sources are saying that the the New York Rangers are actively shopping Michael Del Zotto. The 23 year old offensive defenseman is not fitting in with new coach Alain Vigneault's system. He has spent the last three games as a healthy scratch on the sidelines. With Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal as the top left defensemen for the Rangers, Del Zotto is low on the Rangers'...

New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block

Various reports circulating in the hockey media suggest New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block as he struggle to fit in with head coach Alain Vigneault. The former first round pick in 2008 has spent…Read more →The post New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

GMs dial N.Y.Rangers about Michael Del Zotto

Once upon a time Michael Del Zotto was a promising young offensive defenseman. He appeared to be on the fast track to stardom. He scored 37 points as a rookie, then scored 41 points with a plus-20 ranking in his third NHL season.And then his progress stalled. Lately he has spent time in street clothes as a healthy scratch for the New York Rangers. Teams shopping for a puck-rushing...

Are the New York Rangers shopping Michael Del Zotto?

After watching three straight games from the sidelines, the victim of a healthy scratch, New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto returned to the lineup tonight. Rumours have run rampant suggesting the Rangers puck-moving blueliner is on the trade block.…Read more →The post Are the New York Rangers shopping Michael Del Zotto? appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Insider Trading: Michael Del Zotto

During last night's Insider Trading segment on TSN, the panel was asked whether there was any news on the trade front:  Darren Dreger: We are hearing some interesting names that are starting to surface. Two of them that come to mind are Brayden Schenn of the Phildadelphia Flyers and Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers. Now the Flyers aren't trying to...

Vigneault: ‘No complaints’ on Del Zotto’s play after benching

Justin Falk did nothing to deserve his being taken out of the Rangers lineup. That was the sentiment from coach Alain Vigneault before Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Stars at the American Airlines Center, a game in which he replaced Falk with mercurial young defenseman Michael Del Zotto. “Really like the way [Falk] played for us in those couple games there,” said Vigneault...

TSN’s Insider Trading segment discusses actual trade rumors

TSN's Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie took part in another "Insider Trading" segment on Tuesday evening, and the gents offered something that's very rare during a "down cap year"--substantiated trade talk: With American Thanksgiving nearing, are you hearing any talk on the trade front? Darren Dreger: We are hearing some interesting...

Rick Nash good to go

Per Andrew Gross, Rick Nash is good to go and will play tonight. He will take J.T. Miller’s spot in the lineup, as Miller will be a healthy scratch with Michael Del Zotto. Nash had been out since the third game of the season with a concussion. Tweet
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