Sunday, January 13, 2013

Del Zotto Signs Two Year Deal With Rangers, Sign Gilroy

 Update:
The Rangers also signed UFA Matt Gilroy, who played last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gilroy played two seasons with the Rangers after signing as a free agent out of college in 2009.

The Del Zotto deal is reported to be $2.55 per year for two years.
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Just hours ahead of the first day of the delayed 2012-13 NHL training camp the Rangers signed restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto to a new deal. The details of the contract haven't been released but it's reported to be a two year deal.

Based on the length of the deal, I think the Rangers are probably paying a little less for each of the two years than they would've had to pay had the deal been stretched out for another year. If I were to speculate about the salary, I'd expect it's for around $2.5M per year.

Getting Del Zotto re-signed was important for both sides because according to the NY Daily News "he would not have been allowed to participate until he signed, and without arbitration rights, he would have remained under the club’s control until he inked or the team sought a trade."
  • In other NHL news, the Montreal Canadiens told former New York Ranger, Scott Gomez, not to bother showing up for training camp. If you're a Habs fan you might want to not read this next part - the Rangers traded Gomez to the Canadiens in June 2009 in a deal that brought Ryan McDonagh to the Rangers. Since then, McDonagh has flourished on the Rangers blue line and Gomez struggled offensively in Hab land.

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