The Rangers came away unsatisfied with what the Ottawa Senators were willing to part with in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
No match between Sens and NYR on Del Zotto. Told Ott made Gryba, Greening and Condra available. Fit wasn't right for NYR.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 26, 2013
The Senators were previously rumored to be in talks with the Rangers, hoping to acquire the struggling Del Zotto.
Del Zotto has had a hard time adjusting to Alain Vigneault's system, with the lowpoint being a handful of healthy scratches. Thus, Glen Sather is justified in exploring the market. If Dreger's report is true, however, then the Rangers were right to walk away. Both Condra and Greening are decent but nondescript depth forwards who are already 27 and have limited upside while Gryba is 25 and more or less a slightly better version Justin Falk. None of those players would make any tangible difference and Del Zotto's upside makes him a far better asset than all three of those players combined.
Dreger also speculates that the Rangers might make a change without moving any players, instead opting to call up Dylan McIlrath. Meanwhile, WFAN's Sean Hartnett claims that some in the Rangers organization believe Conor Allen is ready. Having watched majority of Wolfpack games this season I think that either could step in and do a serviceable job. However, both guys, despite showing signs of progress, still display some bad habits and I'm not convinced that either would be an imptovement over what we have already. If Vigneault is prepared to stick with them long-term and accepts growing pains for a month or two then perhaps a call-up could make sense. Otherwise, I expect both Allen and McIlrath to remain in Hartford for the time being.
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"Del Zotto has had a hard time adjusting to Alain Vigneault's system, with the lowpoint being a handful of healthy scratches." So Del Zaster is struggling this year because of AV's system......what the hell then happened last season under Tort's system that he was supposedly comfortable playing under? This kid has all the talent with none of the confidence. He is a headcase and should have been traded last summer to a team that has a good shrink!
No you guys heard it all wrong.. They didn't want to give up those sunday paper burger king coupons cause they were buy one get one free.. Del Zotto isn't worth that they said.
Not getting Gryba was a mistake. The kid is a mad animal. When I went to BU hockey games he would sit in the penalty box and anyone close could here him talking to himself about who he's going to destroy when he's out. And then he did.
I would have offered MDZ, Brian Boyle & a 3rd Round pick.
Zack Smith & Eric Gryba.
(A) Not having MDZ, B) Gryba would slide in well as a 3rd pair D- Man with Faulk waiting in the wings as a 7th D & Allen & McIrath waiting in Hartford if anyone slips or Injury.C) Smith is a gritty player that can chip in some goals. He's locked up for 3 more years at a reasonable 1.875 Cap hit. He can play 3rd line minutes & Kill some penalties. He plays center & the wing. The team needs to change some of it's identity.
Not a blockbuster but does anyone think either MDZ or Boyle is going to be here next year?
Del Zotto did have a good season once right? Just can't remember why there's all this hype about his offensive upside because he connects on 3 home run passes a season. The turnovers are insane
Nice report. Thank you. Of course the best scenario would be for MDZ to step up and start playing AV hockey but it seems unlikely and the right thing at this point to shop him
I would have taken Condra or Greening to be honest. They would give us a little depth and, more importantly, rid us of Del Zotto.
JT Miller sent down... guess Pyatt is ready.
And I would be fine with Mcilrath or Allen, problem is they would only be getting 10-12 minutes a game which is not great for their growth
@KreiderisTheChosenOne I don't think 10-12 min for McIlrath would hurt him though. I think he needs to see the NHL game at full speed, and being in that position could be huge in his development. It would be huge for his confidence to just make the NHL and that would have a residual effect. Sure, maybe after 2-3yrs and he's still gets small Stu Bickel like minutes, that could hurt, but for his first NHL call up, I think it might be good for him.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Wonderful, can't wait for Pyatt to be back in the lineup so he can do nothing again.