Over the weekend it was reported that the Rangers are trying very hard to get Michael Del Zotto under contract but the two sides are not that close on a contract.
The Rangers are reportedly offering Del Zotto a short term deal worth $2.2 to $2.5 million.
On TSN’s That’s Hockey, the panel wondered if Del Zotto should feel insulted with the Rangers offer.
Mike Johnson said “Del Zotto’s camp realize it’s a business and see that the Rangers are trying to exert some pressure. They also look at this and thinks that it’s par for the course with the Rangers as they did this with Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov. All of these guys took some time to re-sign coming off of their entry-level deals so you know that going in you can appreciate that it’s just part of the deal.”
He adds, “Michael Del Zotto, like most players would prefer a long-term deal, but he will have to wait and try to negotiate a better deal. It’s hard not to be a little offended when money is being splashed around and it’s not coming your way.”
Jamie McLennan said, “what do you have to gain. He isn’t being offered term or a price point where he feels that he belongs so this is a tough situation. When it comes down to it there is not much working for him in his favor. Del Zotto and his management team is going to have to look at what they have been offered and make some decisions.
Craig Button said, “I think the Rangers are looking at two players in their own group for Michael Del Zotto. First is Marc Staal, he signed a long-term deal just under $4 million but the first year coming out of entry-level was $3.1 million. They have Ryan McDonagh coming up next year so they are trying to fit Michael Del Zotto into their defense salary structure with $2.2 to $2.5. Everyone has made the point that Michael Del Zotto doesn’t have a lot of leverage, no arbitration rights, and while Del Zotto does want the money, they are moving closer, internally, towards the numbers that Marc Staal is at.
The belief is that Del Zotto will sign before the CBA expires.