It was a long, struggle filled season for Michael Del Zotto.

Squelching New York Rangers' Trade Rumors


Jan 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars following a game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars following a game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumors still persist regarding the New York Rangers, despite their recent 8-2-1 run. The team won’t commit to having “turned a corner,” but there is much to be encouraged about. Henrik Lundqvist is showing flashes of his old self and has just been named the week’s NHL 3rdstar of the week. Michael Del Zotto, more comfortable on the left side, has shown flashes of the skills earning him a high draft pick status. Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash, and Ryan Callahan all seem resurgent and at times dazzling. Yet, the trade rumors persist.
There is much speculation on “showcasing” Del Zotto and the obsessive attention to Rangers’ brass meeting with his agents in Toronto recently. At 23, with so much upside, trading him for another player also likely disappointing his current team seems unwise. Del Zotto may have taken longer to apply the new “system” but he now seems to be fulfilling his coverage roles, adding to the offense, and throwing some hard checks. We also hear of Dan Girardi facing free agency and being used to gather picks. I won’t even grace this with a comment other than that’s insane. A proven stay at home defensemen, who is selfless, is just what the Rangers need more of; not less.
Another article was combing the roster of the Colorado Avalanche for players. The theme was that the Rangers still need more snipers It seems as though Chris Kreider, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards, Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, and Rick Nash,  though now surging, are still not good enough. The names thrown around as compensation do not even include a proven NHL 30 goal scorer. When the Rangers enjoyed their recent, almost storybook, season of 2011-2012; the cry was to seek one more goal scorer. They effectively broke up the team to obtain one and to this point hadn’t recovered. Brandon Dubinsky, one of the players going the wrong way in those deals, still wonders why a team that was a couple of games from the finals would be broken up. This is a good question to ask now. Knee-jerk trades are usually just that, trades made by jerks, without using the upper body part we can reveal here as the brain.
Ranger history is filled with players who were shipped out prematurely only to blossom elsewhere. Yes, hindsight is eagle-eyed, but it would be hard to endure Del Zotto, Girardi, Callahan, J.T. Miller, or CamTalbot exceling elsewhere. They would just become the latest Rick Middleton, Tony Amonte, Doug Weight, Sergei Zubov, P.A. Parenteau, etc. (That Michal Rozsival is excelling in Chicago is one even with hindsight I can’t see…) Let’s squelch the trade rumors, take a deep breath, and enjoy the emerging 2013-2014 New York Rangers, a contender with its current roster.

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  • john P

    lewis the return for girardi will be too much to reject. He is by far and away the best free agent defenseman on the market and can likely command two first round picks, a prospect, and young NHL player with upside. That is too much to turn down especially since AV needs offensive skill for his system to flourish. Girardi excels in a stay at home “tortorella” approach. He does not excel in AV’s up tempo style of play. Let’s trade him for a monster return.

    • http://www.bluelinestation.com/ PuckDani

      I said this about Girardi the other day, But I think he’s exactly what this team needs. There is no simple way to pick up the pieces needed for AV’s system without tearing the whole team apart. Much of the team’s current success has come from the players we have playing their game. By that I mean Hank going back to his goal line tending Del Zotto playing the proper side and such.

      • john P

        I agree and disagree with you about Girardi. First off, every team needs a Girardi, not just this team. Also, Girardi’s value will be at it’s absolute highest the day before the trade deadline. With a monster return from Girardi, like I mentioned above, we need to pull the trigger.With Mcilrath being a right handed shot we will have a little depth and even though it would be hard to lose Girardi, the return would be much worth it. Anaheim would give an arm and a leg for a guy like Girardi. Also, I know it isn’t simple, but there is a way to pick up the pieces needed for AV’s system without tearing the whole team apart. Trading Girardi for some of those pieces, and even trading Callahan for some more pieces, is a start. I would not be surprised if one or both of these players is traded before the deadline

  • 071189

    If you want to move someone consider 1) Staal, 2) McIlrath, 3) Kristo. Staal is clearly on the downside of his career, McIlrath is over rated, and Kristo is defensively challenged and will be 24 before next season starts. Better to trade a player a year too early than a year too late. Heard the same nonsense after giving up two #2s for Tim Erixon as a top 10 player in the draft, Gordie Clark had followed for years…and 2 years later Erixon still stuck in the AHL.

    • http://www.bluelinestation.com/ PuckDani

      Kristo will stick around and be the offensive piece needed in the NHL if he can continue what he’s been doing in the AHL.

  • zucc

    You used zubov name be won more cups outside of the rangers and had a hall of fame career buddy

    • http://www.bluelinestation.com/ PuckDani

      That’s what he said, players who flourished elsewhere…

    • john P

      this is a dumb comment buddy

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  • 071189

    Kristo is really struggling defensively in Hartford & will be 24 before next season even starts. Allen is also weak in his own zone & will be 23 when next season starts…………Maybe they will both get a shot when they turn 30.