According to Sean Hartnett of CBS Sports, New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto could potentially be on the trading block.
As Hartnett explains:
Since Sather decided to delay his decision buy out Brad Richards until another summer, the Rangers are saddled with his $6.67 million cap hit in 2013-14.
Whether or not Richards can rediscover his renowned playmaking abilities is a story for another day. Right now, Sather must exercise some cap relief if he wishes to improve his roster. That $6.67 number isn’t being erased through the Rangers’ final compliance buy out, so another player will have to pack his bags.
The Rangers can afford to lose Del Zotto. With improved defensive depth, Del Zotto is going to have to fight to keep the fifth spot. Right now, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal and Anton Stralman are all ahead of him.
With John Moore, Justin Falk, Aaron Johnson and even Dylan McIlrath all candidates to play significant minutes, Del Zotto could become expendable.
They could probably get a decent package for the young defenseman. Del Zotto is still a work in progress in his own zone and while he should be allowed more freedom to join the rush, he has yet to show consistency on offense.
The Rangers could survive without Del Zotto and could use him as a way to improve the rest of the roster.