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Sather on Del Zotto contract talks: “He’ll come to his senses”

Sep 9, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

Glen Sather AP

You could say contract negotiations between the New York Rangers and RFA Michael Del Zotto have been a little dicey.

The scoring defenseman is looking for a nice raise coming out of his entry level deal, but GM Glen Sather isn’t hearing any of that as Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants reports.

“He’ll come to his senses,” Sather said. “We’ve been down this road before with guys that just have come out of their entry-level contracts. We’ve offered him a fair contract. We just have to see if it changes in the new CBA.”

You can understand why Del Zotto might be eager to get a deal done. As for his demands, the Rangers have offered him a deal in the range of $2.2-2.5 million per year and turned it down. If he wants a deal done before the CBA expires, he’s got until Saturday to do it.

  1. barkar942 - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Great potential, but Sather is right. Trade his rights to Philly. They want to overpay everyone! Oh wait- they will just make a ridiculous offer sheet to him! Take the picks!

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      And what does Philly have to do with this?

  2. firemarshal1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Philadelphia are morons with their past ridicules contract offers.

  3. isithockeyseasonyet - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Ahahahaha Philadelphia are morons? Man, you sure do talk good English…hukd on fonix wurkd 4 u!

  4. DED - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I like Del Zotto but I believe Sather made a fair offer. Sather is doubling his entry level pay. Del Zotto is only 22.

    He’s played three seasons. His first year was good on offense (37 points) but not so good on defense (his +/- was -20), second year blew (they had to send him down to Hartford), and he bounced back last year (41 points, +20). Still, he made some costly turnovers, particularly in the playoffs.

    I think they’re offering him 2 years. If his play improves, he can always demand more then and play the market if they don’t meet him. He has to know that the Rangers’ farm system has plenty of defensive depth and Sather is already indicating that he can be replaced.

    • DED - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Really? You thumbs down guys think he’s worth more than $2.5 million per year?

  5. leaf6904 - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Anyone look at Nash’s contract don’t talk smack the rangers are just as bad

  6. ironpeddler255 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Some of the blame has to go to his agent…but it eventually trickles down to the player being the issue here. This kid has a solid work ethic and bright future in front of him…he needs to understand there’s a process to making the big money at his talent level. There have only been a few that get the big bucks coming out of their entry level deal…Michael, you’re not one of them.

    A 22yo about to make 2.5M a year and he’s turning it down…what has this world come to?

  7. larrybiv - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Anyone remember Brandon Dubinsky? NHL held out, eventually getting his money while pissing off Slats. Then Duby proceeded to have a horrible 2 years. Duby got paid too much, didn’t produce and put too much pressure on himself. When push came to shove…..he was ALWAYS one of “expendables”. MDZ, shouldn’t go down that road. Take the offer, and play better…..eventually he’ll get the big bucks……if he really gets his game to where it CAN be.

  8. larrybiv - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Sorry, didn’t proof read. Skip the NHL part. Lol.

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