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."
EJ Hradek then asked how the Rangers are trying to trade Del Zotto, "It's very difficult because they know that if they trade Del Zotto he may flourish somewhere else and become a top-four offensive-style defenseman for a long time in the NHL so you don't just want to trade him to free up cap room or because you worry what your financial landscape will be next year as you try to sign Girardi, who is a UFA, as you try to sign Callahan, try to get Derick Brassard, the list goes on and one. You are trying to trade at a time when the trade value couldn't be lower because the player hasn't played well and if he was playing well you probably wouldn't want to move him."
For more on Del Zotto rumors, CLICK HERE.