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The Flyers have re-signed former Rangers first round pick Michael Del Zotto to a two-year deal worth $3.875 million per season. (PHT)

The Rangers traded Del Zotto in early 2014 to Nashville in exchange for Kevin Klein.

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Michael Del Zotto took a skate to the neck, video below, last night in the Flyers game against the Avs.

He suffered the cut on his first shift of the game bu returned to play over 11 minutes in the 2nd, 3rd and OT.

Del Zotto said that he knew the feeling because he had been cut by skates before. He said that it's not out of the ordinary for him but he was fortunate it wasn't worse than it turned out to be. (CSN Philly)

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Michael Del Zotto returns to MSG tonight for the first time since being traded last January to Nashville for Kevin Klein.

He signed with the Flyers this summer ($1.3 million) after being not qualified by Nashville.

Del Zotto has played in 16 games for the Flyers this season and has two goals and six assists with 23 shots, 43 hits, a plus two rating and 21:18 per game.

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Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Michael Del Zotto "went off the rails" with the Rangers because he came into the league as a 19-year old and then had "money, fame, people wanting to spend time with him and thinking hes's a big deal." (CSN Philly, via NY Post)

Hextall says that players are expected to be "pros" in their early 20s but in most cases they are going "through the process" of figuring out how to be a pro. He says that sometimes organziations don't spend enough time with young players teaching them what is right and wrong. (CSN Philly, via NY Post)

Hextall says that it's a big adjustment to going from being a junior player to being in a major market like New York or Philadelphia and "these young players have to grow up in a hurry." (CSN Philly, via NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said during the season that he was told that there was more to Del Zotto than he was seeing.

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3:22PM: On TSN Radio, Del Zotto said that he expects to be booed when he returns to MSG.

Asked what he expects when he returns to MSG, Del Zotto said "a lot of boos. Excited though, I don't expect getting a warm welcome when I go back there, being there four and a half years and now being on the other side of the rivalry but excited to go back. Having so many friendships and relationships in the organizations and the city, I am excited to go back and play there and being on the other side of the rivalry.

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8:18PM: Craig Berube says that Del Zotto is a "good skater" who can get up the ice, has a lot of skill and PP experience." (Panaccio)

It's expected that Del Zotto will be paired with Luke Schenn. (Panaccio)

7:20PM: Del Zotto's salary/cap hit for this season is $1.3 million. (Dreger)

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8/5/14 | 6:49PM: Del Zotto is expected to sign with a team today or tomorrow. (Dreger)

8/3/14 | 3:34PM: Michael Del Zotto's reputation around the NHL is in "tatters" following his time in Nashville.? (NY Post)

Larry Brooks says that this is probably a good time to buy low on Del Zotto and he can't believe that the Islanders aren't "all over this." (NY Post)

He is said to be gaining a reputation of someone who is difficult to coach. (The Hockey News)

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3:28PM: This has been updated to reflect Del Zotto's exact quote about being and playing in Nashville.

You can listen to Del Zotto's interview, HERE.

12:27PM: Michael Del Zotto was a guest on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 and was asked about the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist.

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Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch last night when the Predators took on the Canucks.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz said after the game that Del Zotto's game has slipped and he has gotten away from "making solid decisions, solid plays." (PHT)

Del Zotto was a minus six in his previous three games and since being traded (18 games) Del Zotto has 0 goals, 3 assists and is a minus five.

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When the Rangers traded Michael Del Zotto, Mats Zuccarello lost his closest/best friend on the team but said that he understands that trades are part of being a pro hockey player. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said that he is happy that Del Zotto gets a change of scenery but it's "sour" to lose a good friend. (Nettavisen)

Del Zotto is spending his Olympic Break with Tyler Seguin and pet lion.

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8:45PM: Del Zotto reminds Barry Trotz a bit of Kimmo Timonen from his days in Nashville. (NY Times)

Trotz says that Del Zotto was well coached by his friends John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault and that he may have just needed a change in atmosphere. (NY Times)

1:44PM: In his debut for the Nashville Predators, Michael Del Zotto played 13:15, had one shot on goal, one shot blocked, one hit, one takeaway and two blocked shots.

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Predators GM David Poile spoke with the media yesterday about the team's acquisition of Michael Del Zotto:

  • "First, I would like to thank Kevin Klein and his family for all the great years that he gave the Predators. Drafted in 03 and having played over 400 games for the Predators, it's the hardest part of a managers job when you have worked with these players for so long. Since 03, Klein has gotten married, has two kids and one of his kids was born here in Nashville. He was great in the community and a good player for us on the ice and it's a difficult day for us. Having said that, today I have traded Kevin Klein to the New York Rangers for Michael Del Zotto. It's a trade of two defensemen. The reasons why we did this were quite a few. Michael is a left handed defenseman and Klein is a right handed shot. We felt that with drafting Seth Jones and Ryan Ellie getting better and better with every game, this was beginning to be an inevitable situation with our teams in terms of ice time and fit on the right side of Shea Weber, Seth Jones and Ryan Ellis..."
  • "....Del Zotto fits in nicely on the left side and where he plays, you will need to ask the coach. It gives the coach a lot of flexibility there, it's also a change in the type of player. Kevin is a defensive defenseman and a very good defensive defenseman who played that role well. Del Zotto is what we like to think is the type of player we want to add. He has some great offensive upside. Two years ago he scored 42 points and he has great skating? ability, goes from D to O very quickly and can make that first pass out of the zone. We think this is the way the game is being played and where it's going and it's a team that struggles offensively a lot of our O comes from our D and I think that Del Zotto will help in that area. There are six years difference, that is not the reason we made the deal. Del Zotto has big time upside offensively and hopefully under our coaches that will be fulfilled. I think that is really about it, it's a trade that we made for today believing that this push to get back into the playoffs, he can help us and more importantly this is a trade for a long-term. He is an RFA at the end of the season but as we made the deal it is our goal to sign him to a longer-term contract.
  • "Getting Del Zotto makes our defense more dynamic. Our D isn't very experienced besides Shea Weber. That is a concern but going forward I have faith that it will be a very good defense."
  • "I believe our defense is better today and will be much better going forward. This was a hockey trade."
  • On DZ and AV, "that was one of the reasons he was made available. We have scouted him for years and it's something that we have been talking about for a while. It's been public knowledge that he was available so we have had time to watch him play, review tape and I think we pretty well know what we are getting and we like the potential."
  • On Klein's reaction to being traded, "like he always is, he is very professional, very calm. Kevin has been great. You talk about low maintenance, he was great as a player and in the community. That is always the hardest part, giving away someone who fits in so well with your trade. But it's a hockey trade and we feel that we will be a better team."
  • On a new contract, "as I told him and talked to his agent, lets take our time and get to know each other. Make sure we are both very happy. He is coming off an experience where he wasn't on perfect terms bu we want to make sure that he is happy. I'm sure we will find a way to get a long-term deal done."
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The Rangers and Senators held several discussions about Michael Del Zotto but the Rangers continued to ask for Marc Methot and a prospect from the Senators AHL team in Binghamtom for Del Zotto. (Ottawa Sun)

Methot is a left shot defenseman who as of yesterday is not happy that he had to miss a game for an injury that he didn't think was serious enough to keep him out. (Ottawa Sun)

It was reported about a month ago that the Rangers wanted Methot for Del Zotto.

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This morning on TSN 1050, Darren Dreger spoke about the level of interest that the Toronto Maple Leafs had with Michael Del Zotto.

Dreger said, "I think it's fair to say that they were considered a serious trade partner but I don't think the talks ever got to a point where either said decided to sit on it for a day or two and thought that there was some sense with it. The New York Rangers really wanted a right shot defenseman and yea there was talk about Jake Gardiner but they were more interested in Cody Franson. It just didn't seem like a good fit, it's not that the Leafs didn't have interest in Del Zotto, they did but they were mindful of his deficiencies as well. They thought that it was too early in the year to make that play."

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The Colorado Avalanche had a "passing interest" in Michael Del Zotto but Glen Sather and the Rangers wanted too much in return for a trade. (Adrian Dater)

Dater, in response to a question of what the Rangers wanted from the Avalanche, said that the Rangers were asking for a first round pick. (Dater)

The Avs were a team that was reportedly interested in Del Zotto and the Rangers had scouts watching the Avs earlier in the month.

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Following the second goal by Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, John Giannone said that Alain Vigneault was as angry and animated as he had seen him all season because Tampa Bay had just pulled off a specific play that the Rangers had looked at and worked on earlier in the day.

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Michael Del Zotto admitted that he made a mistake on that goal and should have prevented the pass that sprung Nikita Kucherov. He added that overall he has felt better defensively and that he is trying to make the best of the position he has been put in. (Daily News)

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5:03PM Del Zotto is working only on his left side now because he made it clear that he is more comfortable on that side. (Katie Strang)

9:25AMMichael Del Zotto says that he he as dealt with being in trade rumors for five-years and that they have no impact on his game. Trade rumors are out of his control and all he can do is come to the rink and work hard every day. (NY Post)

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The Michael Del Zotto "saga" is crawling toward a conclusion and the Sharks may be a "stealth" team in the race to acquire him. The Sharks scouted Del Zotto "pretty closely" last season as the two teams discussed trades, reportedly Dan Boyle and also Ryane Clowe. (Elliotte Friedman)

The Rangers were watching the Sharks and Avs over the weekend.

All rumors about Del Zotto can be found HERE.

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In his return to the lineup last night, Michael Del Zotto played 17:38 and saw 1:25 on the PP.

Del Zotto was a plus two with an assist, one shot on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked and two that missed the net.

He also had two hits and was credited with a giveaway.

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1/5/14: 10:53AM: Del Zotto was engaged in a long chat with agent Don Meehan and Meehan and Pat Morris reportedly met with Glen Sather during the game. (Ranger Rants)

1/4/14:?7:45PM:?No meeting has taken place yet between the Rangers and Del Zotto's agent but the expectation is that with everyone at the game there will be some kind of informal talk. (Elliotte Friedman on HNIC)

Del Zotto will be traded by the Rangers, "the experiment is over and he is not a 40 point scorer, he is not a 20 minute a night guy, so make a trade." (Glenn Healy on HNIC)

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The Rangers have two scouts watching the Avalanche and Sharks game today and they are the only Eastern team with a presence at the game. (Adrian Dater)

The Rangers may have interest in defenseman Tyson Barrie but Barrie, nor Ryan Wilson, are healthy scratches for the Avs today. (Dater)

The Avs are believed to be one of the teams interested in Michael Del Zotto.

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Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch on Tuesday for the eighth time this season and Alain Vigneault said that Del Zotto's offensive and PP talents have not been there enough on a consistent basis and because of that he can't be assured of a spot in the lineup every night. (Daily News)

Vigneault says that Del Zotto's assets are to be an offensive defenseman that can, "beat the forecheck, join the rush at the right time and help out on the PP." He says that Del Zotto has brought those things at times this season but not on a consistent enough basis to lock him into a spot in the lineup. (Daily News)

Del Zotto has two goals and five assists this season which puts him fourth on the Rangers leaders for scoring by a defenseman.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman John-Michael Liles (Hurricanes)

The Maple Leafs had previously had interest in acquiring Michael Del Zotto.

For more on Del Zotto trade rumors,?CLICK HERE.

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12/29/13: 8:29AM: The Rangers may be better off keeping Del Zotto in the short-term because of the recent injuries to the Rangers defense. Even with keeping him in the short term, it's more than likely that Del Zotto won't get his next contract from the Rangers. (Daily News)

12/28/13: 8:37PM: On Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Freidman said, "Stralman, a right handed shot got hurt last night and Del Zotto played 24 minutes. There was some thought that the Rangers would pull him back but there are still teams that think it will get dealt."

Glenn Healy said, "if the Rangers trade him it will be a D for a D because of the Stralman situation but look for the Boston Bruins to call the Rangers about Dan Girardi. That is going to happen because that is a good player and there is no deal done. He isn't for a whole host of a ransom but it still isn't done. If they can get a lot back they will make that move."

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The Rangers are believed to be "demanding" Marc Methot from the Ottawa Senators in any potential deal for Michael Del Zotto. (Ottawa Sun)

The Rangers won't get Methot but may be able to get Patrick Wiercicoch. Weircioch has been a scratch lately but has "upside potential. (Ottawa Sun)

The Leafs, Sharks and Avs are interested in Del Zotto but the Rangers may have to change their asking price. (Ottawa Sun)

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Rangers management has all but settled on the idea that they will trade Michael Del Zotto and they continue to see a top-four defenseman, preferably one that is right handed. (NY Post)

It is unlikely, due to Del Zotto's struggles that they will get a player of that caliber and that Rangers management will have to decide whether to take the best offer they have or hold out for a better deal. (NY? Post)

Ottawa, Colorado and Toronto all have varying degrees of interest and Toronto may be willing to move defenseman Jake Gardiner. (NY Post)

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6:35PM: The Rangers aren't really shopping players outside of Boyle and Del Zotto (Darren Dreger on TSN 1050)

3:50PM: The Rangers would like to move Michael Del Zotto and/or Brian Boyle (Pierre LeBrun on TSN 1050).

Boyle is someone who could be moved out West (LeBrun)

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This morning on TSN 1050 in Toronto, Darren Dreger was asked about the Rangers.

Dreger said "they have their share of injuries. Their goaltending has been somewhat average with Henrik Lundqvist which is a remarkable statement because of how well he has played over the years. This team is searching for some identity. They as an organization don't know which way they are headed in. We know that there has been some trouble with Alain Vigneault in certain situations with how he relates to players and Michael Del Zotto is a classic example. They can't figure this guy out and Del Zotto obviously doesn't mesh well with Alain Vigneault."

Dreger adds, "they continue to look for defensemen, they continue to look for more size up front. They are are a team that is searching for answers and management is looking for a quick fix and that just doesn't happen. I think that perhaps we are seeing the real Rangers team here. The team that is in search of some change and in the New Year I wouldn't be at all surprised, not even in the New Year, when the roster freeze lifts guys I wouldn't be surprised if Del Zotto goes to Ottawa or somewhere else."

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Since Marc Staal has been out, Michael Del Zotto has played in five games and has played over 20 minutes in 4 of the 5 games.

He played over 20 minutes in four straight games before playing 15:43 against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

In those five games, via Extra Skater, the Rangers have only had 50% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5 when Del Zotto is on the ice in two of them.

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7:55PM: Cody Franson has been a disappointment this season (Steve Simmons on TSN Drive).

Darren Dreger said "Franson has tremendous trade value if you can believe it because he is a right shot defenseman and the market is always looking for that. I know that the New York Rangers would love to have Cody Franson. Dave Nonis could make a Del Zotto for Franson trade tomorrow if he wanted to but the Maple Leafs also covet that right shot. Does he need to be better, he does if he wants the money he was chasing in his last negotiation." (TSN Drive)

3:31PM: Glen Sather is continuing to shop Michael Del Zotto and the Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams who have some level of interest (Dreger Report).

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There is nothing imminent with the Rangers on any trades and that includes Michael Del Zotto (Bob McKenzie on NHL Live).

McKenzie said, "there is nothing imminent that I am led to believe. There is a roster freeze that goes into effect on Thursday and my understanding is that unless something comes out of left field that no one expects the Rangers aren't close on any trade and certainly not one that includes Michael Del Zotto. That is not from a lack of effort of trying to trade him. He and Alain Vigneault are not on the same page, his game is not nearly where it needs to be but he is a young defenseman with a lot of natural ability. When he and Steven Stamkos played minor hockey for the Markham Waxers in the Toronto area, these were the top two guys going into the OHL draft and looked like they were going to be dominant players. Stamkos has obviously lived up to every bit of billing that he has got but Del Zotto had some ups and downs during junior hockey but played well enough initially in the NHL to believe that he is going to be real good offensive defenseman but he is not getting it done now."

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12/17/13: 7:15PM "Michael Del Zotto is still in play for a possible trade. It's believed that he and Alain Vigneault are not on the same page, that being the player and the coach. One GM said that this is a difficult trade to make because you need to match money and the quality of player going back." (Scott Morrison on Sportsnet)

12/16/13: 10:31AM: The Colorado Avalanche have shown interest in Michael Del Zotto but the Rangers have made it clear that they want to acquire a top-four defenseman in return. (Ottawa Sun)

Colorado doesn't have that kind of player to trade for Del Zotto, according to the Ottawa Sun.

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According to Bruce Garrioch, in the Ottawa Sun, the Rangers have stepped up their efforts to trade Michael Del Zotto and are seeking a top-four defensemen in return.

Del Zotto played in the Rangers top-four last season and was slated to be in their top-four this season before struggling.

Garrioch says that there is a lot of interest in Del Zotto but not a lot of interest in trading a top-four defensemen to get him.

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Larry Brooks tweets that Justin Falk and JT Miller are IN tonight's Rangers lineup and that Benoit Pouliot and Michael Del Zotto are scratched.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in net.

Derek Dorsett is still out with a wrist injury.

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According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Glen Sather and Garth Snow had a conversation a few weeks ago that centered around Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto.

Staple says that he doesn't know what Glen Sather was asking for, but whatever it was Snow wasn't interested in paying that price.

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Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that there will be no fine or supplemental discipline for Tom Sestito after his hit on Michael Del Zotto on Saturday night.

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Alain Vigneault didn't see the hit live, but associate coach Scott Arniel and assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson said that it was a "direct head shot."

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Michael Del Zotto returned to the Rangers lineup yesterday and scored his second goal of the season.

Del Zotto played 17:43, 52 seconds on the PP, 2 shots on goal and one shot attempt blocked.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that he thought Del Zotto played well, "for the most part", and handled himself well.

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Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the fourth time this month last night and Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that it is becoming "increasingly clear" that Del Zotto isn't in the plans for Alain Vigneault.

Brooks says that the only reason why Del Zotto is still a Ranger is because they haven't received an offer good enough to take. He adds that the Rangers don't have enough depth on defense to take a discount for Del Zotto.

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6:46PM: Bob McKenzie, on TSN Drive, said "the Rangers are going to trade him and are trying to find a fit and they haven't found one yet."

11:53AM: At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that the Rangers and Senators discussed Michael Del Zotto and quickly determined that there wasn't a match between the two teams.

He says that even though Del Zotto's value is a little low right now, the Rangers are "determined" to get a "fair price" for him.

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On TSN 1050 this morning, Darren Dreger said that the Maple Leafs and Rangers had discussions that included Michael Del Zotto and the name of Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner came up.

Dreger said that Toronto isn't ready to move Gardiner, 23, and that Dave Nonis and the Leafs "aren't ready to push Gardiner out. They still see the upside."

Gardiner, 23, was a teammate at Wisconsin for two seasons with Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan.

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6:31PM: On Insider Trading, Darren Dreger said, "there has been a back and forth between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers. It's quiet now but Bryan Murry of the Senators did throw out names like Condra, Greening and Gryba. Not a fit for the New York Rangers but again, those three players were clearly made available in that discussion.

11:44AM: Darren Dreger tweets that there was no match between the Rangers and Senators for Del Zotto and that the Senators made Colin Greening, Erik Condra and Eric Gyrba available in a deal. He says that the fit wasn't right for the Rangers with those players.

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On the fifth episode of his Bleeding Blueshirts podcast, John Giannone spoke about the Michael Del Zotto situation.

Giannone said, "I don't get the feeling that the Rangers are in any great rush to part with Del Zotto. Although he has only shown it in flashes, and although he is a favorite whipping boy of some of the Rangers fan base, he is still young and has offensive upside from the blue line which makes him a commodity if he begins to tap into that potential. He is one of their one, a former first round pick of the Rangers, now does that mean he will be Ranger property for good, no. But if Del Zotto would bring back proven help in the form of a top-six scorer...sure it's a deal that the Rangers would consider. But remember, Del Zotto becomes more attractive in the next days and weeks for a trade, it also means that he is playing better and the Rangers would be the beneficiary of that better play which would make him more hesitant to be dealt. If he doesn't improve his trade value will be low so it may not matter anyway, perhaps too low to even give him away."

He added, "in essence I wouldn't be surprised if he remains a Ranger or if he ends up as part of a trade."

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At Newsday, Arthur Staple writes that Islanders GM Garth Snow has been working the phones looking to add a defenseman and wonders if there could be a possible fit with the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto.Staple writes that the Rangers are looking for a defenseman in return for Del Zotto, something that the Islanders don?t have, and wonders if the Rangers would take one of the Islanders forwards and try to find a defenseman somewhere else.Read more at SNY Rangers Blog...It smells fishy to me that the Rangers are looking to part with an ex-first round defenseman in Del Zotto in search of another defender. Sure, they may want a different type of defender than the offensive minded Del Zotto, and that's fair. But after four-plus seasons on the Rangers blueline, it doesn't make sense to me that the team would all of a sudden be so ready and willing to jettison him (he's been the subject of a lot of trade rumors?lately, not only involving the Islanders).Del Zotto won't be an instant savior for the Islanders blueline, something that fans would surely crown him as if he were indeed headed to Long Island. He's known for his offense and power play ability, not necessarily for his defense.?There's also been talk (from TSN's Darren Dreger)?that Del Zotto and new Rangers coach Alain?Vignealut have clashed and the coach is upset with "inconsistent play" from the defender.?Futhermore,?Rangers' fans have a pet name for Del Zotto -- Delsaster, as in disaster -- and he's been relegated to the Rangers' third pairing behind Stralman, Staal, McDonagh and Girardi. SNY.tv's Adam Rotter wrote earlier this month about Del Zotto's demotion:?[sny-box]John Moore has passed him on the depth chart, both in the short-term and long-term plans, and while Del Zotto is ?okay? he seems to have regressed a bit from being a definite top-four defenseman for the Rangers. If they decide to move on, I can see them trading Del Zotto for an equally inconsistent but high potential defenseman and try to see if a change of scenery works for both sides.[/sny-box]Rotter also notted than Del Zotto's play is not likely to earn him a raise over the $2.55 million AAV he is receiving this year, as DZ is a restricted free agent this summer. He got a a two-year bridge contract from the Rangers in the summer of 2012.Del Zotto may be certainly be helpful for the Islanders powerplay, which doesn't have a defender to run point since Lubomir Visnovsky was injured. The power play has fallen to 21st in the league after starting off hot early in the year. But the problem is that Del Zotto is not a big crease clearer or a shot down defender or (!) the top-four/top-pair defender that the Islanders desperately need.
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At Newsday, Arthur Staple writes that Islanders GM Garth Snow has been working the phones looking to add a defenseman and wonders if there could be a possible fit with the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto.

Staple writes that the Rangers are looking for a defenseman in return for Del Zotto, something that the Islanders don't have, and wonders if the Ranger would take one of the Islanders forwards and try to find a defenseman somewhere else.

From an Islanders perspective, Staple writes that Del Zotto would fit in with his old junior hockey teammate John Tavares and help the Islanders run the puck possession system that they want.

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11/24/13

8:28AM: Bruce Garrioch, in the Ottawa Sun, writes that the Rangers are trying to clear cap space and that Del Zotto is available.

He says that the Senators, Oilers, Sharks and Hurricanes have interest in Del Zotto but that the Rangers are looking for a defensemen in return.

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In his return to the lineup on Thursday night, Michael Del Zotto played 15:30, with one shot, 2 hits and a blocked shot.

Del Zotto told the NY Post that he felt that his level of compete was there on Thursday and that he just needs to build off of it and keep moving his game forward.

He added that he can't take his spot in the lineup for granted and that he knows he needs to do whatever it takes to stay in the lineup.

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