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Report: Del Zotto and Rangers have a tentative two-year agreement (Update: Done deal)

Jan 13, 2013, 10:58 AM EST

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Rangers fans can breathe a little easier today as Michael Del Zotto is just about back in the fold.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Rangers and their restricted free agent defenseman have tentatively agreed on a two-year contract. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports the deal is worth around $2.55 million per season.

While the deal is unsigned as of now, Del Zotto is at Rangers camp getting his medicals done. It was only yesterday that Rangers GM Glen Sather said it was imperative to have a deal done by today and to get into camp. It looks like that’s just what’s happening.

Update (11:35 a.m. ET): The Rangers tweeted confirmation they’ve signed Del Zotto. McKenzie confirms it’s a two-year deal worth $2.55 million per year.

  1. johnstone17 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    There you go son. Thats using the old idea locker!

  2. ironcity6pak - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Wow added 8k from previous deal, way to show the D, you them wrapped around you finger.

  3. cameltoews - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Huge.

  4. odj810 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    What a steal

  5. pone27 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I think his contract suits him based on his age and skill level right now.

    Ranger fans are the only ones who are absolutely in love with this guy (not saying they shouldn’t be, but the NY fan base play him off to be much better than he seems to be right now.)

    Young kid, but still is not exactly the best defensively. Brings alot offensively, but if he steps up his D game he could blossom into a great defenseman

    • stakex - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Thing is hes great for the Rangers. They already have three stay at home defesemen in Staal/Girardi/McDonaugh… and with Lundquist in net they don’t need another really amazing defensemen. What they do need however, is a decent defensemen who can score…. and thats what Del Zotto is.

      After all, the guy had 41 points last year….if not for having a horrible 2010-11 season Del Zotto would have commanded a LOT more money.

    • DED - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      I’m a Ranger fan and while I like him, he’s still just 22 with 2 1/2 seasons under his belt (Half of season 2 was spent in AHL). He’s still got some maturing to do as he cracks under pressure easier than the other D-men. I think $2 million/yr for 2 years would’ve been sufficient but he got more. If he’s as good as he thinks he is, he’s got two years to prove it. I don’t think he’s there yet but he has potential.

  6. banger60 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    good deal, let the games begin, LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!

  7. mclovinhockey - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    He is worth more I think. Good signing, but def could have gotten more. And a lot of people like this guy, not just rangers fans

    • odj810 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      absolutely. I thought he was gonna get 4M a year.

  8. valoisvipers - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    PK Subban should take notice.

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