The Rangers came away unsatisfied with what the Ottawa Senators were willing to part with in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
No match between Sens and NYR on Del Zotto. Told Ott made Gryba, Greening and Condra available. Fit wasn't right for NYR.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 26, 2013
The Senators were previously rumored to be in talks with the Rangers, hoping to acquire the struggling Del Zotto.
Del Zotto has had a hard time adjusting to Alain Vigneault's system, with the lowpoint being a handful of healthy scratches. Thus, Glen Sather is justified in exploring the market. If Dreger's report is true, however, then the Rangers were right to walk away. Both Condra and Greening are decent but nondescript depth forwards who are already 27 and have limited upside while Gryba is 25 and more or less a slightly better version Justin Falk. None of those players would make any tangible difference and Del Zotto's upside makes him a far better asset than all three of those players combined.
Dreger also speculates that the Rangers might make a change without moving any players, instead opting to call up Dylan McIlrath. Meanwhile, WFAN's Sean Hartnett claims that some in the Rangers organization believe Conor Allen is ready. Having watched majority of Wolfpack games this season I think that either could step in and do a serviceable job. However, both guys, despite showing signs of progress, still display some bad habits and I'm not convinced that either would be an imptovement over what we have already. If Vigneault is prepared to stick with them long-term and accepts growing pains for a month or two then perhaps a call-up could make sense. Otherwise, I expect both Allen and McIlrath to remain in Hartford for the time being.
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