Posts Tagged ‘Michael Del Zotto’

Rangers finally deal Michael Del Zotto to Predators for Kevin Klein

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Defenseman Michael Del Zotto was traded by the New York Rangers to the Nashvillle Predators.

A change of scenery may be just what Michael Del Zotto needs to regain his confidence. (David Hahn/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Well, now we know why it took so long for the Rangers to move disaffected defenseman Michael Del Zotto: There was no market for him.

It’s hard to take away anything else from today’s deal that sent the former first rounder to the Predators for nothing more than a depth defender such as rapid-fire artist Kevin Klein.

As much of a beauty as he was in that tilt, Klein hasn’t been particularly effective this season for Nashville. The 29-year old is a limited defensive player whose stats, both standard (one goal, three points) and fancy (44 percent Corsi, -4.4 percent relative Corsi), don’t paint a very pretty picture.

What might have made Klein appealing to New York is that he is locked down. He’s signed through 2018 at a cap hit of $2.9 million per season, which gives GM Glen Sather some cost certainty moving forward. That’s not much value here, though, and Klein is clearly a significant downgrade from what Sather originally hoped to get in return.

As for Del Zotto, he doesn’t have ideal size, but he’s a terrific skater whose bread and butter has always been his offensive skills. He’s a lefty, too, which has been a pressing blueline need for the Predators.

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  • Published On Jan 22, 2014
  • Ryan Miller to St. Louis Blues and the likelihood of other rumored NHL trades

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    The St. Louis Blues could swing a trade for Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.

    As the Blues storm to Cup contender status, a trade for Sabres goalie Ryan Miller would be key. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    With the salary cap strangling most of the league — 11 teams have no space, and another nine have less than $2 million to play with — the trade market has been sluggish, but intriguing rumors keep bubbling. Twelve scouts attended Buffalo’s game on Tuesday night–not surprising considering the yard sale the Sabres are setting up–but the team that might be watching them the closest was at the other end of the ice.

    No matter how well Jaroslav Halak has played for St. Louis (and to be fair, he was great on Thursday night in Boston), there’s a sense that he’s more like long relief than the closer. Ryan Miller, arguably the best goalie in the league this year, might be the guy who can get the Blues over the hump.

    Now you have to think the Sabres have made/will make an effort to convince Miller to stick around now that there’s new management in place. If that fails–and assume it will because it’s hard to imagine him wanting to stick around for a rebuild at his age (33)–the Blues make some sense.

    St. Louis does have a couple of intriguing prospects in Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie, and one of them could be key to getting a deal done. The trick for the Blues will be the cap. St. Louis is only $396,859 under the ceiling. Miller’s hit is $6.25 million, so even if the Blues included Halak and his expiring $3.75 million hit, they still wouldn’t have enough room. That means the Sabres would have to be willing to eat some money as they did in the deal that sent Thomas Vanek to the Islanders last month, and for the right prospect/package, they might.

    Then we have the Rangers and Stars. I noticed that there were no scouts in attendance on Thursday night when Dallas hosted the New York, and that seemed kind of odd. First, because the Stars have been regularly bird-dogged this season, with three-to-five interested observers on hand for most of their games. And second, because both teams have a player who appears to be up for grabs.

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  • Published On Nov 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Ducks threaten Blackhawks; Penguins getting stronger, more links

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    Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

    In their first meeting, the Ducks handed the Blackhawks a 3-2 shootout loss on Feb. 12. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • This is amazing: with a win tonight over the visiting Blackhawks, the Ducks could pull within three points of the Western Conference leaders…and they still have a game in hand. Hard not to look at this as a playoff preview.

    • The Penguins fought their way through the slop to run their winning streak to 10 games by beating the Caps, 2-1. Stretching it to 11 will be a whole lot easier if Evgeni Malkin returns the to lineup Friday as expected.

    • Max Talbot has been Philly’s best forward in each of the last four games. If that keeps up, there’s no way this team makes the playoffs.

    • Niklas Kronwall resisted the urge to replace Nick Lidstrom, and by staying within himself he’s made a greater contribution to Detroit’s revamped blueline.

    • Capgeek has the cap-hit leaders for 2013-14. Two new entries crack the top five…can you guess who?

    • Another day, another sexual assault arrest in hockey. I can already hear this one being sloughed off as a little drunken silliness. It shouldn’t be.

    • It sounds like Rick DiPietro is finding success –  and maybe a little peace – in the AHL.

    • The Blues expect to get T.J. Oshie back in the lineup this week…and that could mean the end of their awkward three-goalie rotation. Jake Allen’s going nowhere, Which suggests that bad news is coming for Brian Elliott.

    • Nice .gif work by the boys over at The Score capturing Sergei Bobrovsky’s eye-opening meeting with the smelling salts after taking a Kevin Klein slap shot to the mask.

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  • Published On Mar 20, 2013