Del Zotto, Rangers may not reach deal before camp

The Rangers, confronting a cap squeeze next season, are believed to have offered Del Zotto a two-year contract worth north of $2.4 million per season. The defenseman, who had been looking for a longer-term deal before the lockout, is believed to be seeking approximately $3 million per season for two years.

“There’s only so much you can do with these ‘gap’ contracts,” Sather said, referring to contracts for players coming out of Entry Level. “Michael must have his reasons for doing what he’s doing, but the way the system works, he’s going to have to wait his turn.”

Del Zotto, who has been participating in this week’s informal workouts at the club’s practice rink, led Rangers defensemen in goals, assists and points (10 goals, 31 assists) last season, rebounding from a disappointing 2010-11 in which he was sent to the AHL Whale midway through his sophomore pro season.

“Hopefully something will be done by [tomorrow], but I’m just taking it day to day,” Del Zotto said following yesterday’s skate. “I’m looking for a contract that makes sense both ways and is fair for me and for the Rangers.”