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Del Zotto Down, McDonagh Up

From New York Rangers’ beat writer Larry Brooks via Twitter:

BREAKING: Post has learned that Rangers are sending Del Zotto to AHL and recalling Ryan McDonagh.

This was a long time coming for Del Zotto. It was apparent that he was not getting it done and struggled by coughing up pucks, not playing his position well enough in the defensive zone while also lacking confidence.

For Del Zotto, getting some time down in the AHL will be a great thing for him. It will give him a chance to get his confidence back, see how the game should be played and allow him to gather the necessary tools he needs to succeed in the National Hockey League.


The other defenseman involved in this move is 21-year-old Ryan McDonagh. This is a great opportunity for McDonagh to porve to the Rangers’ brass that he has what it takes to play in the NHL and that he belongs with the big club.

What are your thoughts?

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Both he and Gilroy should have been in Hartford last year.  Tortorella too much of a screamer to build confidence in young d.  Del Zotto will benefit immensely from an AHL stint.  Veterans can tune Torts out and D is a tough position for a young player.

Posted by 13 user names on 01/03/11 at 07:59 PM ET

Performance Parts's avatar

This did catch me off guard. A necessary move though, MDZ has been struggling and it’s not improving. Certainly needs some AHL time for a bit.

Posted by Performance Parts on 01/04/11 at 04:35 PM ET

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