NHL Free Agents: Should the New York Rangers Actually Let Michael Del Zotto Go?

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NHL Free Agents: Should the New York Rangers Actually Let Michael Del Zotto Go?
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"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away and know when to run."

Kenny Rogers delivered this philosophical outlook on life nearly 35 years ago in his classic song, "The Gambler."

It's also a philosophical outlook the New York Rangers may be taking with defenseman Michael Del Zotto.

The Blueshirts backliner had a cap hit of $1,087,500 in 2012, which was the last year of his entry-level deal.

Now, its negotiation time.

According to Larry Brooks in the N.Y. Post, The Rangers’ offer to Del Zotto, a Group II Free Agent, was for two or three years at upward of $2.5 million per.

Not good enough for the player, who wants to get a substantial raise.

The Rangers want him to get substantially serious.

“He’ll come to his senses,” Rangers General Manager Glen Sather said in Pat Leonard's Blueshirts Blog, as he explained that the team’s offer to Del Zotto is “fair.”

But could this also just be posturing on the side of Rangers management?

Is it "fair" to assume that once the NHL lockout is settled and a new CBA is put in place, the Blueshirts will want to part ways with the 22-year-old defenseman?

Will the gap between Del Zotto's camp and Rangers management allow another team to step in and sign him?

Should the Rangers settle this thing and come to terms with No. 4?

Read on to find out what I think about the situation.

All salaries listed in this article courtesy of capgeek.com

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