The Maple Leafs had previously had interest in acquiring Michael Del Zotto.
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Adam Rotter: Both Toronto and Carolina were interested in offensive defenseman and with this swap they are both probably, though not officially, out on Michael Del Zotto. The Rangers aren't going to trade Del Zotto just to get rid of him, but they are probably looking at a situation where they need to take a similarly talented but inconsistent player back. That isn't what the Rangers want, they want a top-four defenseman but with Marc Staal returning and potentially the emergence of Conor Allen as a useful player, the Rangers may be willing to change their asking price.