Monday, November 25, 2013

Del Zotto to Isles?

Should the New York Islanders trade with the New York Rangers for Michael Del Zotto? Arthur Staple of Newsday suggests that just such a trade might fit both teams.

The innuendo regarding the Rangers being less than satisfied with Del Zotto's play of late has been as thick as the ice they skate on. If New York is willing to trade him, his style of play would fit the Islanders' need. And as Staple points out, Del Zotto played with the Isles' top star, Mr. Jonathan Tavares, for three productive seasons in Junior hockey.

Both played for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL between 2006 and 2008.  While with the Generals, Del Zotto averaged nearly a point per game, while Tavares foreshadowed the offensive skill he would display at the NHL level, averaging 1.72 points per game over the same three seasons.  

The bigger question is, what would the Islanders give up to get Del Zotto, and would it fit the Rangers' needs?  A clearing of salary would not be out of the question, freeing up cap space to make a move for a defenseman on another team.  This complicates any trade, but doesn't preclude one.


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