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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.

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