With the Rangers not practicing today, there's not much news to report, so I figured I stir you guys up into a frenzy by posting another Michael Del Zotto rumor.
According to uncle Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun, Avalanche GM Joe Sakic has been scouring the market looking for a blueliner and are believed to be interested in Michael Del Zotto.
The Avs, however, are not equiped with a top four defenseman which the Rangers are demanding in return for any package involving Del Zotto.
…i wonder what kind of effect the development of McIlrath will have on the Rangers asking price for Del Zotto. If the 21-year old becomes a dependable option for Vigneault, while the offense continues to struggle, you have to think Sather might soften on his stance of a top defenseman in return.
…and if he does, Paul Stastny needs to be the guy Sather targets from the Avalanche. Stastny is in the final year of his contract ($6.6M per) and has not begun talks with the Avalanche about a possible extension as Colorado management are still deciding whether to re-sign the talented center or trade him for assets. Sounds like the Avalanche are in the same position the Rangers were in with Lundqvist.
…while prying Stastny away from the Avalanche will likely take more than Del Zotto (Miller or a first round pick?), he is a bonafide #1 center who'd strengthen the Rangers up the middle by dropping Stepan down to where he should be as a second line center and Brassard to the third line. The Rangers don't have the cap space for Stastny now, but Sather might be able to take advantage of Sakic at the trade deadline when the Avalanche might be forced to deal Stastny if they don't think they can re-sign him during the offseason.