"There's a number of building blocks with Michael," John Tortorella said. "A number of defensemen that had pretty good rookie years ended up taking a step backwards. You accept that, and maybe change some things. I don't want to get into specifics, but something has to change, and you embrace the process. It's not an easy position to play. I'm really anxious to see Michael – first of all, get him healthy – and I'm really anxious to see him in camp. He's gonna get a fair whack at it in camp. I think there's mental maturity that comes involved, and as each player goes through the ups and downs, as Michael has done, I think he'll mature."
...Del Zotto has all the tools to be a top offensive defenseman in the NHL as well as the Rangers power play quarterback of the future, but he's got to figure it out between the ears. He's still just 20 years of age and has plenty of time to develop. So I'm not going to be too concerned if he starts the season with the Whale. Especially with the effect both J.J. Daigneault and Wade Reddem, yes Wade Redden, have had mentoring the Rangers young defensemen.
...i know a lot of Rangers fans want to give up on Del Zotto, but it doesn't make much sense to dump a highly regarded youngster for maturity issues. Oh wait, the Rangers just did that. ;)
Incidentally, I think Del Zotto's issues this season are a pretty good endorsement for Kreider's decision to stay in College until he's ready to play. Del Zotto here clearly wasn't ready and needs to grow up some more - Kreider seems to recognize that danger and is being responsible about it.
I would trade del zotto but only for a guy like stastny. Only deal I would do for stastny is mdz kreider and a 1st rounder.
@KingBadaBing No way would I trade Kreider unless we get a sure-thing, franchise player in return! Stastny is not that player. I don't even think MDZ and a first-rounder is worth it for Stastny--maybe if it's a first rounder from this year's weak draft. Stastny is 25 and his numbers last year were barely better than Dubi and Cally--plus, he plays with/behind Duchene, so you know he'd face better d-man pairings if he played for the Rangers. I think he would end up being another Rangers forward playing above his skill level.
I think MDZ will get it together and be a top 4 guy with good PP skills. Jesus, he's only 20! Plus, with JM Liles and Erik Johnson already in the fold for the next few years, I don't think the Avs would trade an asset like Stastny--and their depth at center--for a developing offensive defensemen they don't need. Also, I doubt Slats would trade MDZ now when his stock is as low as it can get.
As for the Werek trade, I have no problem with it. It's youth for youth, and I really don't see Werek as more than a solid third-line guy with some second-line, fill-in potential. He's just not that good of a skater and, right now, he's not exactly dominating as a mature junior player. Lindberg's numbers may not look impressive, but his pro league stats are in line with other young pros in the SEL (Euro leagues bring young players up slowly with limited minutes), and his U20 stats were better than a ppg last season. He's at least as skilled as Werek and he plays center--and the Rangers don't have many good center prospects (but they have lots of wing prospects). Yes, Werek was listed as a center, but he's the type of player Torts would push to the wing (a la Dubi).
Besides getting a player they apparently prefer, the Rangers also set an example for their other prospects: you better follow the training regimen we specify or you risk getting moved. You think Kreider and other prospects doesn't hear that loud and clear???
@KingBadaBing stastny is worth no where near that. I'd say mdz and a first rounder, or kreider and a first rounder, but not both of them and a first.
@KingBadaBing Stastny's $6.6 million per thru 2015 is a non-starter for me.