New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto trade talk heating up

Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers

New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Michael Del Zotto saga has been enduring media attention for over a week, as rumours continue to dominate Twitter and message boards. The Ranger puck mover was healthy scratched again tonight, fuelling speculation that he is being shopped, and will ultimately be traded as soon as New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather can strike a good deal for his club.

Del Zotto is supposed to be the predominant puck-mover on the Blueshirts’ blueline, but offseason hiring, head coach Alain Vigneault isn’t all that impressed with number 4’s mobility and effectiveness:

The trade talk is too intense – the healthy scratches, too frequent (Del Zotto has been a healthy scratch five times this season) – the possibility of a Michael Del Zotto trade is beginning to look inevitable, as opposed to, possible. According to The Fourth Period:

“New York Rangers GM Glen Sather is fairly active these days, trying to add some offense to the roster and entertaining calls for defenseman Michael Del Zotto”

Scoop courtesy of The Fourth Period. Read full rumour update here.

Del Zotto has wound up the odd man out on Alain Vigneault’s defence corps. Furthermore, the Rangers defenceman has not scored often or positively impacted his club significantly. Perhaps, tis time to move him.

As the Del Zotto trade saga unfolds stay up-to-date by following Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Allyson Gronowitz of The Fischler Report, and Katie Strang of ESPN.