Rangers General Manager Glen Sather is still shopping defenseman Michael Del Zotto, with the Senators and Maple Leafs interested, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
The Senators have previously shown interest in Del Zotto but failed to offer a return of any intrique to Sather. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are a new team to emerge on the Del Zotto rumor front.
Del Zotto, 23, has seven points in 26 games this season with the Rangers.
Dreger reports that Eric Gryba, Joe Corvo, and Patrick Wiercioch, all defensemen, are players that Ottawa may be dangling. Gryba was previously believed to be offered by Ottawa, with the Rangers turning away. Corvo is a 36-year-old journeyman defenseman who offers a bit of offensive upside but will do nothing to pry Del Zotto away. Wiercioch is a bit more intriguing. A 23-year-old offensive defenseman, Wiercioch was a 2nd round pick in 2008 and has 12 points through 26 games this season. I'm still not sure he is a comparable value to Del Zotto, however.
The Leafs might be the more plausible match here. Cody Franson and Jake Gardiner are two young defensemen with similar upside to Del Zotto who have played themselves down the depth chart in Toronto. Gardiner, 23, is similar to Del Zotto in that he has struggling to find his place consistently in the starting lineup and is not playing up to standards of past seasons. Franson, meanwhile, is a 26-year-old who was nearly not retained while a restricted free agent this past summer. Either defenseman would be a quality pickup for the Rangers. Gardiner is a similar defenseman to Ryan McDonagh in that he's a very good skater and does a lot of things very well. Franson might be the more immediate fit for the Rangers, as he is a right handed stick who is a very good offensive defenseman capable of leading a powerplay from the point and unleashing some big shots.
Dreger cautions that either player might be two high of a price for the Leafs, but does not convincingly rule them out, either. If you're into fun little connections that might make a match a bit easier, Del Zotto grew up about 45 minutes outside of Toronto and played his junior hockey in the area as well. Jake Gardiner, meanwhile, played at the University of Wisconsin with Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan.
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Please trad Del Zotto before it's too late Addition by subtraction. McIlrath couldn't be worse. Use Zucc to lead the power play! And bring up Kristo before the season is over!
@RangerSweetie29 It's only a matter of time before a deal is made.
Franson might be the more immediate fit for the Rangers, as he is a right handed stick who is a very good offensive defenseman capable of leading a powerplay from the point and unleashing some big shots. All I need to know
Of all the choices given here Franson is the best one. He's got an above-average slap from the point, QB's the PP and he's a right hand shot, something the team needs on D (as was pointed out)...he is also a little better defensively than Gardiner, at least in the games I have seen..
Why do we have to swap one under performing defenseman for another. Can't we trade for some toughness up front in the bottom 6?
I can see a deal with Ottawa especially, perhaps involving a guy like Zac Smith ...they have plenty of bigger players with some sandpaper so there's a fit there. Swapping Defensemen with Toronto seems like a bit of an odd thing to do for both sides, unless both teams just feel that their respective defensemen need a change of scenery in order to succeed?
Dz for Franson! Make it happen! I always wanted that kid! Just change the names on those 4 jerseys and your done! 17 points! That would put 2 of our dmen in the top 20 scoring dmen in the league! When was the last time that happened!?
Makes no sense to make this move unless we get a grinding forward in tow with a defenseman. So what I hope we are looking at is a multi player deal...
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@TheNYRBlog I hope so.
Apparently this guy hit Lucic 3 times, maybe the Rangers should find out who he is
@TheNYRBlog MDZ traded is ALL I want for Christmas!
I'll take Cody Franson. 16 points, 13 points on the power play, physical...his 119 hits are 4th in the NHL. He also did this.
@Jake_Wooten93 Hey Jake,Yeah I Agree,But We Need Some Aggression,Mcllrath Not Enough!Need "Moore"!
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@RangerSweetie29 Definitely agree with you!
@Jake_Wooten93 Hey Jake,Thanx ;-)