After a successful 2011/2012 campaign, it's understandable why New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto isn't satisfied with a multi-year deal from the Blueshirts worth a reported $2.2 million – $2.5 million per year.
Del Zotto had 10 goals and 31 assists for New York last year, and is known for his puck moving ability. He's deemed an offensive threat and is often on the ice when the Rangers are on the man advantage.
The 22-year-old restricted free agent is coming off his entry level contract and should sign a deal before the current collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15.
Signing prior to the Sept. 15 deadline will only benefit Del Zotto as a new CBA is likely to bring a lesser salary cap. Therefore, his next contract after a CBA is eventually signed will be significantly less than what's on the table right now.
General manager Glen Sather is in the driver's seat knowing that exact principle. If he signs or not, Del Zotto said he's still preparing with the team, but is hoping the Rangers up the offer. The battle will go right down to the wire, however, with both sides greatly benefiting with the deal signed sooner, rather than later.
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