NEWS: Michael Del Zotto Has Agreed To Terms



10:52AM Larry Brooks says that Del Zotto’s deal is worth $2.55 million per season.

10:24AM: LeBrun says that Del Zotto’s contract is for two-years

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Buzz: There Is “Hope” For A Michael Del Zotto Contract Tonight

11:32PM: Bob McKenzie says that the Del Zotto talks are ongoing.

The Rangers are not expected to be on the ice until the afternoon.

6:49PM: According to Darren Millard of Sportsnet, there is “hope” that the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto can come to terms on a contract tonight before the start of training camp tomorrow.

Del Zotto has been a guest on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon which is hosted by Millard.

It was reported this morning that the two sides were around $500,000 to $600,000 apart, per season, on a two-year deal.

Glen Sather said that it is “up to” Del Zotto to decide if he will be in training camp when it starts tomorrow.

This section has all of the information and previous reports on Del Zotto’s pursuit of a second contract.

Buzz: Michael Del Zotto May Not Sign In Time For Trianing Camp/Glen Sather’s Thoughts/What Is Being Offered

According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers are believed to be offering Michael Del Zotto a two-year contract worth $2.4 million per  season. He says that Del Zotto is reportedly seeking a two-year deal worth $3 million per season.

Glen Sather told Brooks that the Rangers have made Del Zotto a “very good and very fair” contract offer. Sather added that he doesn’t want  Del Zotto to miss the start of training camp and that “sitting out isn’t going to help him in any way.”

Sather made it known that the ball is in Del Zotto’s court, “We want him here. He knows that. We’ve done what we can. It’s up to him.”

Buzz: Where The Michael Del Zotto Situation Is

Earlier today, Carp from Rangers Report sent out some tweets saying that there was not an imminent deal between the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto on a new contract.

He added that even though the Rangers can’t officially sign Del Zotto until Saturday, when the CBA is ratified by the players, the two sides are not close on money.

The Fourth Period spoke with Del Zotto’s agent Mark Guy who said that the talks were “ongoing.”

They write that Del Zotto is believed to be looking for between $3 and $4 million per season on a multi-year deal.

It has been written before that Del Zotto is seeking more than $3 million per season.

The offers from the Rangers to Del Zotto have reportedly varied from between $1.75 million to $2.5 million during different stages of the negotiations. 

Back in September, Glen Sather said that the Rangers would not negotiate against themselves and that Del Zotto would “come to his senses.”

Buzz: The Rangers and Michael Del Zotto’s Agent Can Begin Talking (Maybe Not)

7:14PM Katie Strang writes at ESPN.con that Del Zotto was previously seeking a deal worth more than $3 million per season on a multi-year deal before the lockout.

11:08AM: Katie Strang says that Del Zotto will speak with his agent Don Meehan today and that Meehan will then meet with Glen Sather.

10:18AM: Darren Dreger says that the NHL has told teams that they remain in “lockout mode” and that general managers are upset that the pace is taking longer.

10:09AM: According to Bruce Garrioch, NHL general managers are allowed to start negotiating with agents who have clients that are not currently under contract.

No deal can be made official though until the CBA is ratified. That is expected to happen later this week.

THIS SECTION has all of the information and past reports about Del Zotto’s second contract.

Read: Michael Del Zotto on His Back and His Contract

On December 11,Michael Del Zotto left his team in Switzerland, the Lakers, and returned to NY/TOR to have a back injury checked out.

Since he returned, Del Zotto has maintained that his injury isn’t serious and that if the season were to start he would be able to play.

Last week, in an interview with Ken Campbell at The Hockey News, Del Zotto continued to say that his injury isn’t serious, “I’m just getting it treated everyday. My health is my number one concern. I enjoyed my six weeks over there but I had to get home and get it checked out by doctors that I trust and am used to dealing with. It’s nothing serious but I just want to make sure I am 100% if the season were to start as soon as possible.

When asked about his contract and situation as an RFA, Del Zotto said “I know that something will get done once the season does start. You think about it but it’s not the number one concern.”

Glen Sather has commented that Del Zotto will “come to his senses” and there have been disputes about how much the Rangers have offered him.

He said that he won’t make a decision on returning to Switzerland until he is 100% and has more clarity on the CBA situation.

Del Zotto spent some of his time before going to Switzerland working at a Toronto area supermarket.

Read: The Transition Rules, Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers

At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes of the issues that will face the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto when they try and sign him to a new contract when the lockout ends.

One of Del Zotto’s agents, Don Meehan, said that things are going to have to get kicked into “high gear” when the lockout ends and the start of the season soon after.

The Rangers are currently at around $59 million and with the NHL wanting a salary cap of $60 million after the first year transition of $70.2, the Rangers may be in a cap crunch. Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh become restricted free agents this summer and the Rangers will have the option to speak with Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik and Dan Girardi about contract extensions on July 1.

Custance writes that the Rangers need to figure out where Michael Del Zotto fits into everything.