Michael Del Zotto, Rangers Not Close To A Deal, According To Report

New York Rangers free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers are reportedly not close to a deal.

Del Zotto is coming off his entry level deal and was making a base salary of $925,000 per season with bonuses of up to $125,000 available. The Rangers are reportedly offering the defenseman a multi-year deal worth between $2.2 million to $2.5 million per season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has set Sept. 15 as the date for a lockout if no new CBA is reached. Del Zotto could be under pressure to hammer out the details of a contract before that lockout date as there is a real possibility of less cap money being available under a new CBA.

Del Zotto had 10 goals and 31 assists in 77 games on the Rangers' blueline last season.

Stick with this StoryStream for updates, news and more on the New York Rangers 2012 offseason. For full time Rangers news and analysis, head over to Blue Shirt Banter.

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