Craig Custance at ESPN Insider thinks there might be some trade activity during the draft this weekend and one of the players who could be on the move is Michael Del Zotto…
"Del Zotto has one year left on his bridge deal that comes with a cap hit of $2.55 million this season, and his price tag only goes up from here. Ryan McDonagh is going to get a big deal this summer and the Rangers also have Marc Staal and Dan Girardi as part of a talented defensive corps that is still relatively young. Del Zotto is a guy who may flourish under Alain Vigneault but with so many teams shopping for defense right now, he's a piece GM Glen Sather could use to fill holes elsewhere."
…if you're a reader of this blog, you know that I give Del Zotto a tough time. In fact, so much so he actually blocked me on Twitter. Having said that, I've also stated on numerous occasions that he's got the physical skills to be the Rangers power play point man for the next decade, so I'd really like to see how he would perform under AV's leadership.
…depending on the deal, I think shipping Del Zotto out could potentially be a huge mistake that could rival the Zubov debacle. Despite his defensive warts, the potential offensive return in a new up-tempo offense is definitely worth keeping him around.
…there's also no guarantee Staal is ever going to return to his All Star form and is likely headed to Carolina when his contract is finished, so there are potential holes on the blueline. Especially if McIlrath isn't ready this season.
Huge H/T to reader Josh6 for the link and text.