Allen Could Make Del Zotto Even More Expendable

This quote from Alain Vigneault after last night's 4-3 Rangers win over Tampa regarding the NHL debut of Conor Allen may be the final nail in Michael Del Zotto's coffin (via Newsday)…

"He was one of our better Ds. He outplayed some of the other guys and deserved to be out there. He was poised with the puck, wasn't afraid to take a hit to make a play, and that's why he got that ice time."

Allen played 15 minutes, 47 seconds, including key minutes late in the third period with the Rangers clinging to a 4-3 lead.

Meanwhile, Del Zotto was wandering out of position on the penalty kill…

As well as losing his man in front of the net…

…i don't think it's any secret that Del Zotto will be back in the press box tomorrow night in Sunrise, Florida when Stralman and/or Staal return from injury. The question now is what happens going forward. Even with the defense back at full strength, I'd love to see Allen continue to get an opportunity. Sorry Moore, you've only been marginally better than Del Zotto, so you can sit a few games. If Allen proves he's NHL caliber then Sather needs to find a taker for Del Zotto and move him asap.

…i get that some Rangers fans are concerned Del Zotto will figure it out once traded. While that might be true, does anyone actually think he's ever going to turn it around as a Ranger? I know I don't. Plus, if Allen shows himself capable, Sather can change his asking price for Del Zotto to a much needed grinding forward or possibly one with offensive potential.

…one thing that struck me about Allen is how much more advanced he is defensively than McIlrath. While I love the former first round pick's toughness, his skating is abysmal and his game had plenty of holes in it. Finishing the season in Hartford, is probably the best plan going forward with McIlrath.

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