Michael Del Zotto has reportedly been on the trade block for the last month or two, and Darren Dredger believes that the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators could make a deal involving the defenseman once the NHL roster freeze is lifted.
Dreger “I wouldn’t be at all surprise if once the trade freeze lifts NY makes that trade and Del Zotto goes to Ottawa”
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 23, 2013
New York general manager Glen Slather is allegedly desperate to make a trade, and the Senators have been in the market for another puck-moving defender on the blue line, as per The Ottawa Sun. Bruce Garrioch of the Sun notes that Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray would have to send money back the other way to make a deal for Del Zotto.
He mentions Eric Gryba and Patrick Wiercioch could be targets for New York, and players that the Senators might be willing to part with.
If a deal is made and it ends up involving Wiercioch and Del Zotto, the trade would have “blank slate” written all over it. Both players have the same sort of skill set, yet they have fallen out of favor with their coaches this season. Wiercioch did some heavy lifting in Ottawa when Erik Karlsson was on the mend last season, but has been a healthy scratch at several times this year.
Del Zotto has also shown some offensive flair, but doesn’t seem to gel with Alain Vigneault.