Adam Rotter: I don’t think it’s a matter of people giving up on Del Zotto, but more of the Rangers needing to give up something to get a Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan, and Del Zotto is at the top of the list of players most fans would give up.
I think a lot of fans are also willing to deal Del Zotto because of the defensemen the Rangers have, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, and the defensemen they have in the system, Tim Erixon and Dylan McIlrath. None of those players have the skillset or offensive potential that Del Zotto has though and offensive defensemen are hard to come by.
The Rangers reportedly don’t want to move Del Zotto, yet 50% of fans voted to say that they would be okay with him being moved.
Del Zotto is still an un-signed RFA but it is expected that Del Zotto will be re-signed shortly.