6:27PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN Radio that Glen Sather is making and taking calls on Michael Del Zotto.
Dreger was asked if the relationship wasn't that good between Del Zotto and Alain Vignealut and said, "correct. Alain Vigneault took a bit of a swipe, or at least was very honest in answering a question about why Michael Del Zotto isn't playing consistently for the Rangers today. He said that Del Zotto isn't playing consistently enough and that sort of boils it down. The problem that Del Zotto has in the Rangers lineup is that he is playing as a third pairing guy behind the likes of McDonagh and Marc Staal on the right side so Glen Sather has been making calls and he has been receiving calls on Del Zotto. The Ottawa Senators, as we reported last night on Insider Trading (below) are among the teams who have shown interest in Del Zotto but the Rangers need to get something back in return and because the fact that he was a high pick and there is still upside in him they are probably asking for a whole lot."
He added, after Dave Hodge mentioned that it should be an easy trade to make for a team looking for a forward to help them score goals, that "as of yesterday I was told that there were at least five or six teams who have called but we are in November and it's still relatively early because even though there are a couple of teams in the NHL who are clearly not playoff contenders that's it and any useful player is useful to the team he is playing on right now so it's difficult to make trades. In Ottawa's case it's literally dollar in and dollar out which complicates things.
5:15PM: Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, says that the Rangers aren't "necessarily" dangling Del Zotto but they are "sure" taking calls on him.
He notes that any team looking for a puck moving defenseman or someone to jump start their offense could look to Del Zotto, but that the Rangers are in the same position of needing those things. Brooks adds that the Rangers haven't gotten an offer of interest to him and that it's a catch-22 as if Del Zotto plays better his trade value will increase but as he plays better there is less of a chance that the Rangers will trade him.
6:58PM: On TSN's Insider Trading, Darren Dreger said that Michael Del Zotto is "not having a good year. He is playing well behind McDonagh and Staal on the left side so he is the third pair defensemen. He could probably embrace a change and we are told that at least 5 or 6 teams have inquired about trade scenarios."
Pierre LeBrun says that he thinks one of those teams is the Ottawa Senators and that Del Zotto is one of the players they are looking at who is a puck moving defenseman.
It was reported last week that Del Zotto's name was circulating around the league.