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01-04-2014, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by petejudge View Post
People saying John Moore is "terrible" while defending Del Zotto are amazing to me. John Moore is half a year younger than DZ, and being a late 90 means he was drafted a year later. He's a year behind DZ in terms of his development, and while the Rangers in typical fashion ruined Del Zotto by bringing him up too early and not letting him season and learn the professional game.

Too often people on this board and all over the internet in general get too caught up on stats and what other people say. Fact of the matter is Del Zotto was drafted to be a puck-moving offensive defenseman and he doesn't do that well at all. He plays his position very poorly and he's being exposed this year. John Moore statistically this year is pretty much exactly the same as DZ and has better physical tools. Del Zotto will command a higher salary next year than Moore will. If you keep Del Zotto, he'll negotiate for a contract that Rangers fans will be furious with for years to come. If you trade him now, even if you don't get a great return at least you free yourself from a bad situation. Keeping Moore instead, who is I believe on the same level if not better than Del Zotto, gives the team more flexibility going forward. The team won't be good this year, but we can work towards the future NOW by at least getting something for a guy who won't be coming back anyway
$2.55 mil vs $.840mil

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