May 19, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (4) during the warmups before game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

What Kind Of Deal Can Michael Del Zotto Get After The Lockout Is Over?

For starters the deal Michael Del Zotto wanted to get before the lockout started, definitely won’t happen now. It’s basically guaranteed at this point the cap is coming down, and Del Zotto is going to have to fit under it. The NHL will let teams go over the cap for the first year, but it’s up to Glen Sather to figure out the league growth and what the rough estimate will be for the cap in coming seasons.

At this point I don’t think Del Zotto gets as many years as he would have gotten if he signed before the lockout. He could have squeezed out a three year deal before the lockout, but now I’m thinking he’ll get a two if not one year contract. With the league stripping restricted free agents of their rights, there’s no reason to give Del Zotto anymore than two years.

If there is a season to be played this year, Del Zotto will have to sign a contract very quickly. There will be very little time for him to get a deal done, and the lack of time will probably make him sign a below market deal. Hindsight’s 20/20, but it was apart before the lockout started Del Zotto should have signed a deal.

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