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Whether this was the intention or not, the fact of the matter is Michael Del Zotto has become the Rangers’ whipping boy.
For the eighth time this season and the seventh time in the previous 22 games, Del Zotto was made a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers at the BB&T Center. The former wunderkind defenseman has spoiled under new coach Alain Vigneault, and his future with the franchise has never looked more unstable.
The NHL trade freeze has been lifted and it is back to business as usual for Senators GM Bryan Murray and his other 29 counterparts.
While Murray has been working the phones heavily for the last month, he’ll step up his efforts to try to find a top six forward and puck-moving defenceman with the holiday ban officially over at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
Management has all but settled on dealing the erratic 23-year-old defenseman, who will play in his ninth straight game on Friday since sitting out the Dec. 7 match against the Devils in which Marc Staal was concussed.
Dreger "I wouldn't be at all surprise if once the trade freeze lifts NY makes that trade and Del Zotto goes to Ottawa"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) December 23, 2013
Nobody has been described as more desperate to make a deal than the New York Rangers.
The club is on a nine-game homestand and has only one victory in seven games and that could mean a trade not long after the roster freeze is lifted at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 28.
League executives say Rangers GM Glen Sather has been working the phones trying to move several players — including blueliners Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi — in an attempt to try get his struggling club on track.
The case to trade them
Gritty Callahan and Girardi were both symbolic of Tortorella’s style of play. Girardi seems to be having less impact under coach Alain Vigneault. Trading captain Callahan further symbolizes the move in another direction under Vigneault.
Yes, the Rangers can make the playoffs in their God-awful division, and yes, the Rangers conceivably could record their annual early-round victory over the Capitals, but does anyone believe the ceiling is higher than a second-round goodbye?
Tell me there’s more to the plan than that.
Two immediate items of utmost importance: the futures of pending free agents Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.
“This has got to change. We can’t just go through the motions, win a game, lose a game, and hope [other teams] do something for us, and life is good,” Brad Richards said after the Blueshirts pleaded Nolo Contendere against the Caps and neophyte netminder Philipp Grubauer.
“You dig yourself into these situations, sometimes it’s going to take some time or it’s going to take something to get you out of it,” the alternate captain said. “We’re going to have to get a little uncomfortable here and get out of our comfort zone.
There were plenty of scouts and NHL front-office personnel at the Garden on Monday night taking in the Rangers’ 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, including Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, Flyers assistant GM Ron Hextall and two representatives from the Ottawa Senators.
As it has been widely reported, the Ottawa Senators pitched a couple of offers to the Rangers for Del Zotto, but a deal was not appealing enough for the Rangers to accept.
The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes had also expressed an interest in Del Zotto, but the Oilers are primarily looking for a shutdown defenseman and Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu is not of interest to the Rangers.