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Del Zotto is a budding defender with value.
Michael Del Zotto is a polarizing defenseman for the New York Rangers. He is a highly skilled offensive defenseman, but he isn't the greatest defender. Fans love him for his offense, but vilify him when he misses an assignment or is the cause of a goal.
The youngster has shown great success thus far, but his best is ahead of him. Due to the Rangers' cap situation, it was suggested by Rangers beat writer Sean Hartnett that Del Zotto could be the "odd man out."
However, will the Rangers deal their budding blueliner, or can this trade rumor be put to rest?
Fact or Fiction?: Fiction
When you read between the lines, the Rangers are going for it all this year. The decision to keep Brad Richards, the emphasis thus far of adding depth and retaining a majority of the roster indicates that this is the team they want to enter the season with.
Glen Sather may feel comfortable with the roster, and maybe he feels that Alain Vigneault will get more out of the roster than John Tortorella did. However, if the Rangers thrive under Vigneault and more firepower is needed, don't be surprised if Del Zotto becomes a trade chip at the deadline.