During last night's Insider Trading segment on TSN, the panel was asked whether there was any news on the trade front:
Darren Dreger: "We are hearing some interesting names that are starting to surface. Two of them that come to mind are Brayden Schenn of the Phildadelphia Flyers and Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers. Now the Flyers aren't trying to push out Schenn – they may want to push out his brother Luke – but what they've told teams quietly is that if there is the right deal available, if they can find the right fit, then absolutely they would include Brayden Schenn in a trade scenario. And we know Paul Holmgren likes to make that big blockbuster deal. As for Del Zotto and the Rangers, he's not having a good year, playing well behind Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal on the left side, so he's a third-pairing defenceman. He could probably embrace a change and we're told that at least five or six teams have inquired about scenarios."
Pierre LeBrun: "I think one of those teams is the Ottawa Senators. They've had this mystifying start, they've been so inconsistent and I'm told one of their top priorities on the trade market between now and the trade deadline is to find another puck-moving defenceman and Del Zotto is on that list of players on their radar. But it's money in, money out with the Senators with the situation with ownership."
Michael Del Zotto?
I thought much of the emphasis on the blue line was on finding someone who could play the right-side in a top four capacity. As a left-handed shot who's already buried behind McDonagh and Staal in New York, it's worth noting that the Senators are also stockpiled with guys on the parent roster who play the left-side -- Methot, Cowen, Phillips, Wiercioch and Borowiecki.no comments