"I'm not sure what's going to happen," the coach said before the match. "I still think Michael is a work in progress. We have to figure out what's best for him because that's what's going to be best for the organization.
"After this, we have a few days [before Friday's game in Atlanta] to see what we have. We'll make a decision over the next few days."
...way to stick with the plan guys. After giving MDZ a vote of confidence a mere two days ago, Torts is ready to pull the plug? So is the plan not to develop youth on the big club now? And how much do these contridictions start messing with Del Zotto's head?
...now this ultimately may be the right decision, as Del Zotto has done nothing to help the power play and his defense is still suspect, but talk about an about face. Not sure how one day its about developing the team for the future and wins the next. I'm worried the Rangers are going to sign Souray tomorrow now.
Trade MDZ now while you can still get something for him. Zubov? Try Reijo Ruotsalainen. If he's Lucky.
Trade MDZ? No way! Rangers don't have another offensive D in the pipeline of his caliber. It's only his 2nd year in the big leagues. If anything MDZ should be learning in CT and Eminger should be playing. But no way should the Rangers and fans give up on him already. If we do, it'll be another Zubov type regret.
Anyone hear "Edzo" last night saying how Gaborik shouldn't be the one carrying the puck down the boards or through the neutral zone...and that the Rangers should have a center making space and creating plays for him? He has a point...
Kevin I dont think they ever said we will live with his same mistakes he makes over and over. He clearly does not belong in the NHL right now. You should be happy they even brought him back up for a few games.
We have a chance to get a good seed in the playoffs its not time to screw around with MDZ. The guy should be traded for Kessel. You also contradict yourself in the last paragraph. Yes MDZ has done NOTHING except hinder.
Kev - I think your assessment here is a bit harsh. Del Zotto is just one player; the team is loaded with kids. If they brought in a vet like Souray that could help the youth movement by bringing in a mentor, particularly for the D-men. Plus, being committed to youth doesn't mean the team should keep a guy up who isn't ready. And if MDZ isn't ready and heading back down to the Whale will be the best move long term then that serves the youth movement too.
@TheKing I would rather have MDZ than Kessel any day of the week. Kessel is just a whiny child that has no interest in becoming a truly great player. Even while he was in Boston he never once showed any insterest in working on the deficiencies in his game.
@TheKing Kessel has struggled in Toronto. Why would the Rangers want another smaller-under-performing-injury-prone forward? Kessel is not the answer and he makes too much money.
@TheKing Actually was comparing the fact that Rangers would be giving up on another good Dman too early in his career. But sure, I'd say MDZ can have as good of a career as Zubov. Zubov only had TWO seasons at or above 89 points. His other seasons were primarily in the 40s and 50s, numbers attainable by MDZ. The gap between the two is Zubov was better in his own zone. He also spent a few years playing with elite Russians before making the move to NA. Hence, MDZ can use a year or two in CT to improve his game.
Did you just compare MDZ to Zubov hahaha??? Zubov had 89 points his second year with the Rangers. The guy was already a proven player. Getting Kessel for MDZ is no regret in my eyes if it could even happen but I know Kessel wants out.
@KCinMN98 Couldn't agree with you more.
@_Jack Agree. Almost every time Gabby has the puck he is surrounded by 2 to 3 defenders. He has very little time and space this year. He rarely has 1-on-1 opportunities while entering the offensive zone and his line is changing behind him since they were trapped in their own zone too long. Rangers haven't learned to adjust in getting other players involved to support him whether it's carrying in or passing him the puck or creating space. Two people who gel-ed with him most haven't playing well either or missed most of the season. Christensen has been AWOL. Prospal played his first game of the season just last week. Also, MDZ's sophomore slump is another reason why Gabby has struggled scoring goals. No other Dman has the skills to pass the puck to our forwards in the neutral zone going full speed ahead. There's little momentum going into the offfensive zone to generate quality chances. And Gabby's line isn't going to win battles by dumping and chasing.
I think Gabby's gotten the short end of the stick in terms of the coach's treatment and the fans demanding the team trade him. Gabby's only 29 and this is the first year he's struggled to contribute offensively.
@skev303 It's almost getting to that point.
@_Jack @ I agree that Del Zotto needs more time in Hartford and Eminger absolutely deserves to play over him, but as I said below I hate the mixed message.
@KevinDeLury @TheKing The oldest Rangers D man on the ice last ngiht was 26 or something. With or without MDZ the Rangers still have the "youth movement." When Emminger played his best he was in your face and very aggressive. Again, let MDZ go, the Rangers need goals. The D is fine. I sound like a broken record.
@TheKing I hear you King, but when Torts says the Rangers are going with youth over age as the reason Eminger is being scratched in favor of Del Zotto you have to assume their going to live with mistakes. If not, why even say that the other day.
@AJK Yeah at the end of the day you just hope whatever the final decision is will work out for Del Zotto and the team.
@KevinDeLury That's a fair point. Torts is pretty open about not over-thinking things and mostly going with his gut. Guess it's giving him mixed messages :). I don't envy him for having to make those decisions; developing a struggling young guy can be a pretty fragile situation. Wherever he ends up though, I hope MDZ can get his game going and end up contributing to the Rangers for a playoff push.
@AJK I agree with you 100% but Torts said on Saturday that they were going with Del Zotto then yesterday morning even before the Red Wings games he's already talking about sending him back down. That to me is a mixed message.
@KevinDeLury If you're committed to developing youth and get the feeling that playing in the big leagues is stunting MDZ's growth, you've got to send him down. It seems like a consistent message to me. Live with mistakes if you think there's a lesson to be learned, but not just to stubbornly continue to watch a guy struggle. You've got a farm team for a reason.
@Kevin_H I just don't like the mixed message. One day it's we'll live with the mistakes of Del Zotto and then TWO days later they're talking about sending him back. I could understand after two or three weeks, but TWO days.