In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that if/when the Rangers sign free agent defenseman Justin Schultz, that would make Michael Del Zotto expendable and put him at the forefront of the Rangers trade chips.
Del Zotto is an RFA this summer.
Brooks writes that no one is suggesting the Rangers are the front runners, or a lock to sign Schultz.
Adam Rotter: Since the Rangers can’t sign Justin Schultz until July 1, and there is no guarantee that they will, it would seem like Michael Del Zotto won’t be included in any sort of draft related trade. Del Zotto has a skill set that no one else in the organization does, and even if they sign Schultz, I wouldn’t trade Del Zotto. It would give them their best chance to replicate what the organization had, in terms of style of players, with Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov.