As if I haven't inundated you guys with enough Michael Del Zotto trade rumors the last few weeks, Darren Dreger at TSN is now reporting that not only is Glen Sather receiving calls on the embattled defenseman, he's also making some.
Not shockingly, Larry Brooks at the New York Post has jumped all over this Del Zotto trade talk frenzy by noting the Rangers haven’t received an offer that has piqued their interest yet.
Brooks confirmed that while the Rangers aren’t necessarily dangling Del Zotto, they’re definitely taking calls on him.
According to rumors, five to six teams have inquired about Del Zotto including the Ottawa Senators.
And if the Rangers are looking to move Del Zotto someone better tell Alain Vigneault he needs to brush up on his sales pitch…
“A player like Michael has to play to his strengths,” Vigneault said. “I’ve been told his strengths are his ability to beat the forecheck, join the rush, help out on the power play and get shots through.
“I have not seen that on a consistent enough basis to say he is going to be in the lineup every day. Some other ‘D’ can have an off-night and you’re going to throw them back in, but Michael, in the 20-odd games I’ve been here, hasn’t shown that consistently enough. As far as what I’ve seen, he’s fighting for one of the top six spots. I’ve been told that Michael Del Zotto is a much better player than I’ve seen so far. We’ll see how he responds and go from there.”
…man, get a muzzle on that guy before there are no interested teams left. With all the criticisms coming from AV, I'm not sure if Del Zotto's value goes down more when he's on the ice or off it. Actually, with this kind of talk, you have to wonder if the Rangers are really looking to move him at all. I mean how many teams not only bad mouth an asset they're trying to move, but make him a healthy scratch for three straight games? Not exactly the smartest strategy.
…despite the Rangers fans distaste for Del Zotto, there's definitely some interest around the league for a puck moving defenseman such as him. The best case scenario would be if a bidding war broke out for the 23-year old's services. Could end up being another Sather trade special.
…having said all that, there is legit concern that the Rangers could be giving up on the young defenseman too early. Blueliners always take longer to develop and there's no denying Del Zotto has the skill set to be a very productive offensive defenseman. And would there be anything worse than trading him away only to see him become one of the premiere power play point men in the league? (See Zubov) Although, Del Zotto has now been in the NHL for five years and his game has not progressed. He's been given ample opportunity and ice time over that time and continues to make the same mistakes. Very frustrating.
Del Zotto is expected to return to the Rangers lineup tonight in Dallas.