Saturday, February 26, 2011

Michael Del Zotto Sent Down to Whale; Is He On The Trade Block?

When the Rangers completed their quest to acquire Bryan McCabe a little while ago the questions began as to what the next move would be.  The answer has come quickly, at least for the short term.  According to the AHL transactions page, the team has optioned second year defenseman Michael Del Zotto back down the Connecticut Whale.  The move is somewhat surprising in that Del Zotto has played better of late and the Rangers have discussed wanting to continue to develop him at the NHL level. 

I must caution that this could be a temporary move as the Rangers could make a trade including a defender other than Del Zotto before the trade deadline on Monday and then recall the young player.  There are plenty and will be plenty of rumors floating around about the availability of Del Zotto in a trade over the next few days.  I still will not believe the team is trading him until it actually happens and it should be in a package a healthy front line player who is young and under contract not an expiring deal like Brad Richards.