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Report: Sens among teams inquiring about Del Zotto

Nov 19, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators are one of the “five or six” teams who might be interested in trading for struggling New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun.

The Senators are in search of their identity, but more specifically, a puck-moving blueliner would be nice.

Del Zotto, 23, has had his ups and downs with New York, drawing praise for his offensive output and criticism for his work in the defensive end. He has a 37 and 41-point season on his resume, but has also been -20 before in his career.*

Ottawa parted ways with an older (and probably superior) version of Del Zotto in Sergei Gonchar this past summer, so maybe vaunted Sens head coach Paul MacLean could bring the best out of MDZ?

It would be an interesting scenario, although right now it’s not even official that the two sides are talking about a trade.

* – Of course, he was +20 in 2011-12. So … you might want to take that stat with a grain of salt.

  1. sportsfan69 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Del Zotto’s -20 is not all his fault, some of blame needs to go Pretty Boy Lundqvist. Look at the Boston game, 11-13 saves, around 80 percentage. That’s not cutting in the NHL.

    • stakex - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      That pretty boy has been a Vezina finalist five of the last seven years….. I think he’s cutting it just fine.

    • hockeyfan28 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      No. 30 is thinking about his contract

    • DED - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      It’s not this year that Del Zotto has a -20; it was 2009-10, his rookie year. He played 80 games and was dead last on the team in +/-. For comparison’s sake, Callahan was a -12 and Gaborik a +15. Lundqvist had a 2.38 GAA and 92.1% save % over 73 games.

    • dannyboy1313 - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Del Zotto hears footsteps each and everytime he turns his back to the forechecker. Send him packing for as much as yoiu can get.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    3 way trade with SJ, but who’s in play for OTT? Obviously SJ’s Havlat Is in the mix

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Pure speculation

    • hosewater2 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Havlat has zero trade value at this point.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        Yeah that’s what I thought but there have been reports that both NYR and OTT are interested in Havlat

      • DED - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Just what the Rangers need: a $5 mil cap hit for a guy who apparently needs more time to recover from groin surgery.

  3. stakex - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The Rangers need serious help on offense, and I can’t imagine they would trade Del Zotto without getting a top six forward in return. Say whatever you want about the guy, but he has the ability to be a star defensemen and will likely have a high price tag. So the question is, do the Sens have the assets to make a serious push for him? I would say probably not.

    • sens101 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      LOL MDZ is not worth a top 6 forward on his own. The guy’s value is at an all time low right now. Has he not been healthy scratch for the most part. NYR might be better off holding on to him for now…

      • moarjam - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        LOL if you don’t think a 23 year old pucking moving defenseman with seasons of 37 and 41 points under his belt wont net a good return. Im not a MDZ fan but lets get real here. Its probably a moot point. I don’t see the rangers moving him.

    • xdj511 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      The Rangers don’t need a top six forward, anyway. They have them, it just seems like they all get hot and cold at the same time… hence spells where they score 4 or more goals every night or 0-2 goals for a week. The Rangers need depth forwards who can also contribute offensively… upgrades over guys like Boyle, Pouliot, D. Moore, Dorsett, and Pyatt who you could dress for all 82 games in a season and yet not manage to score more than a few goals. If the Rangers could land a 2-way checking forward who could chip in 10 goals, I’d be happy.

  4. LampyB - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    The senators need a defensive D man, they can score like crazy. The teams weakness is allowing 45 shots get to the net every night. Del zotto to ottawa would be a move to create the next top heavy penguins.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Wouldn’t a logical destination be Vancouver? Torts loved the kid and brought him up.

    • ikillchicken - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Unlikely. Vancouver is not overflowing with cap space and already loaded with depth on D. They’ve got 4 guys all making between 4 and 5M and they all have NTCs. Plus there’s Tanev who Torts really seems to like and who has been having a breakout year and who will be an RFA this summer. Add to that that Stanton has been really solid as a 6th guy and Frankie Corrado waiting in the minors who could step in soon or even now if injuries necessitate it, and there’s no way they’ll add a D man.

  6. laughernyc - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    No team is going to want del Zotto unless he shows he is willing to take the physical part of the game to a higher level.. The only reason he had those productive years was teams did not realize how easy it has become to intimidate him off the puck in the defensive zone, and to body him off it on offense. His contract was an aberration and a mistake. Unless he performs a miraculous recovery this year, why would anyone pay him more than $1.25 million? He has slowed down and lost his edge.

    It would be awesome to trade him for any big defenseman with a heavy shot from the point and presence in front of the net. The Rangers are adequate defensively, and if Lundqvist regains his form, all they need is offense at this point. MDZ used to be seen as an offensive threat, but those days are gone, he is a massive liability on defense. The play he made on the Devils first goal last week should end his Rangers career. Packaging him together with someone like Boyle, who has been playing well but doesnt score, might get us a real scorer or a major blueline force.

    I cant see a Canadian team tolerating MDZ’s soft play. Maybe he should play in Europe. Just anywhere but here, please.

    • moarjam - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      I don’t think soft is an apt description of his play. He’s pretty feisty in the corners. I don’t see him shying away from contact often

      If we are going to pick on his play I would go with the fact that he’s slow, never hits the net and gets caught out of position a decent amount. He’s got a good outlet pass though!

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