Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that the Rangers have been demanding defenseman Marc Methot from the Ottawa Senators in return for Michael Del Zotto.
Garrioch adds that it's doubtful the Senators would make that trade and they'd more likely offer Patrick Wiercioch, who's been a healthy scratch the last four games.
According to Garrioch, the Maple Leafs, Sharks and Avalanche are also interested in Del Zotto, whose stock has apparently plummeted of late…
"Del Zotto's value has gone down," said a league executive Friday. "He hasn't shown any consistency and he's not worth nearly as much as he may have been earlier in the season."
Methot has 11 points in 38 games this season. The 28-year old also has 97 hits and 53 blocked shots.
The 23-year old Wiercioch has 13 points in 27 games this season.
…the most shocking part of this report is that an NHL executive thinks Del Zotto has had any value at all this season.
…of course the Rangers are interested in Methot, he's a former Columbus Blue Jacket.
…Methot obviously brings some desperately needed sandpaper to the Rangers blueline, but Wiercioch seems to have a higher ceiling. I think either one would be an upgrade over Del Zotto, who I'm still not convinced can figure out his issues in a Rangers uniform.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News has more on the Rangers Del Zotto dilemma here.
Meanwhile, Glenn Healy at CBC Sports feels that with the Bruins losing defenseman Dennis Seidenberg they'll be calling the Rangers about the availability of Dan Girardi.
Elliotte Friedman adds that Anaheim could also be interested in Girardi's services.
…with the injuries and uncertainty surrounding the Rangers defense, I very much doubt Girardi is going anywhere. Although, I'm sure Sather is more than willing to listen to offers.
…i know that he's had a underwhelming season (9g 10a in 38 games), but the Bruins seem frustrated with Marchand's lack of production this year. I wonder if there's any chance he'd be available despite being in the first of his four-year, $4.5M deal with the Bruins.
…i think a Marchand acquisition could have a similarly positive effect the Avery trade had on the Rangers back in 2007. Even with the recent improvement in play, the Rangers could still use a shakeup on the ice and in the locker room. He'd bring a level of arrogance and cockiness this organization in is desperate need of.
Finally, Larry Brooks at the New York Post wonders if Ryan Callahan might become available as a rental if the Rangers fall out of the playoff race by the trade deadline.
…with the way the NHL is these days, it is very rare (unless you're the Islanders) to be completely out of the playoff race by the trade deadline, so I doubt this is happening unless the Rangers & Callahan remain far apart in their extension negotiations.