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01-12-2013, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
Noted that your pro-player. Even if its abundantly clear Del Zotto isn't worth what he's asking for and the fact there's a handful of more important players due raises right after this.

You want Sather to overpay Del Zotto when McDonagh and Stepan need new contracts in July? McDonagh is worth 3 million per. Not Del Zotto. You don't pay 3 million for constant brain dead giveaways and a 20+ something year old who acts like a drunk teenager, an issue Tortorella has been harping on for two years now.

Lundqvist, McDonagh, Staal, Girardi, Stepan, Callahan, Kreider, Hagelin

Those guys are priorities. Those guys have their heads on straight. Those guys are worth the investment.

Del Zotto is a good kid who means well, he has a ton of skill, he has a ton of potential. But he's hit or miss. He isn't the one to pay when there's only so much to go around this time.

He can take 2.5 for a couple of years. Earn his big pay day when hes in his mid-20's.

Dubinsky pulled this stunt. Sather gave in and said: "you wanted it, here it is, prove you deserve it now". Dubinsky rewarded management by having an underwhelming season that lead to him being shipped out for Nash.

He's not worth more than 2.5 right now. He's not at that point in his development. Not as a player. And certainly not yet as a person. He's VERY immature.
Hard to imagine a player who finished +20 on the season and finished 12th in the Norris Trophy voting (right behind McD) was guilty of 'constant braindead giveaways'. I certainly didn't observe constant giveaways last season... MDZ was credited with 35 giveaways last season, good for 5th on the team (Girardi led the team with 61). He was ranked 93rd in the league among all defensemen in the 'giveaways' statistic...

At what point last season did he act like a 'drunken teenager' and at what point did Tortorella put him in the dog house or chide him for how he was playing last season???? Torts was displeased with him the season before last and challenged him to be better this past season. The Rangers had to be VERY pleased with how Del Zotto bounced back and delivered a solid season. I agree with you about the appropriate price range for his new contract but those other statements you made above are inaccurate with regards to how he performed this past season.

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