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:
Vigneault says John Moore has shown more consistent ability to beat the forecheck w his skating than Del Zotto has
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) November 27, 2013
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”
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.