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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