MDZ on all-rookie team

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Here are the announcements from the NHL and the Rangers:

LAS VEGAS (June 23, 2010) — The National Hockey League today announced the 2009-10 NHL All-Rookie Team, including four players who began the season as teenagers entering their first professional season: 19-year-old defenseman Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers, 19-year-old center Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, 20-year-old defenseman Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres and 19-year-old center John Tavares of the New York Islanders.

Also named to the All-Rookie Team are Atlanta Thrashers right wing Niclas Bergfors, 23, and Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, 26. Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season

RANGERS DEFENSEMAN MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO NAMED TO NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

New York, June 23, 2010 – New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto has been named to the 2010 NHL All-Rookie Team.  He is the first Rangers player since Henrik Lundqvist in 2006 to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, the first skater since Mike York in 2000, and just the second Blueshirt defenseman ever after Brian Leetch in 1989.

Del Zotto, 19, registered nine goals and 28 assists for 37 points, along with 32 penalty minutes in 80 games this season.  He made his NHL debut in the Rangers’ season-opener at Pittsburgh on October 2, becoming the youngest defenseman to suit up for the club since 18-year-old Dave Maloney in December 1974.  Del Zotto tallied his first career point with the game-winning goal the next day on October 3 vs. Ottawa, becoming the first teenager to score a goal for the Rangers since Manny Malhotra (1998-99) and the second youngest defenseman in team history to accomplish the feat behind Red Garrett.  It was also the first game-winning goal tallied by an NHL rookie in 2009-10.  Del Zotto went on to capture NHL Rookie of the Month honors for October, leading all rookies in scoring at the time with 12 points (four goals and eight assists) in 14 games.

Del Zotto finished the season ranked first among all NHL rookies in power play assists (18), second in power play points (22) and tied for fifth in power play goals (four).  He also ranked second in the NHL among first-year players in hits (162), fourth in assists and blocked shots (92), seventh in points and tied for 15th in goals.  Del Zotto led the team in power play assists, ranked second in power play points, third in assists, tied for fourth in points, and ranked fifth in power play goals and eighth in goals.  In addition, he led all team defensemen in goals, assists and points.  The Rangers posted a record of 20-6-4 when he recorded a point, and were 5-1-1 when he tallied two points.  He also registered eight points (two goals and six assists) in a seven-game span, beginning with his 30th point of the season on March 21 at Boston (goal) to April 6 at Buffalo.

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  1. 2nd of back to backs does *not* count.

    By the way, am I the only Rangers fan that thinks Gilroy can still be a solid player for NYR?

    He should be played as a forward. I’m sure he’d provide more offense than Dreary.

  2. wicky (draft Dylan McIlrath in the first round!!) on

    don’t know how valid that info is above, but it was on twitter so I thought you guys might like it.

    czech
    I have not seen any of these guys play live in person, I have seen fowler play in the WJC and clips of some of the other guys. While fowler is a great prospect so is Gudbranson. We have plenty of positionally sound (hi we are the rangers and must get every puck moving d man that anyone compares to a young leetch hoping he becomes the next brian leetch….get over it people) puck moving d man. We have zero physical nasty d men in the system and from what I have read, everyone compares Gudbranson to a young pronger. staal is nothing like a young pronger (he’s not even anything like an old pronger) and a young (or old) pronger would eat staal alive. At that position in the draft I take Gudbranson over Fowler in a heartbeat.

    Just my opinion though.

  3. wicky (draft Dylan McIlrath in the first round!!) on

    orr
    I think he could still be a good player. I think girardi is a good player. I think dubi is a good player. I think AA is a good player. I think sangs can be a good player. For the right player coming the other way that filled a need on the big club or in the organization, I would trade any of them.

  4. wicky (draft Dylan McIlrath in the first round!!) on

    ok, well hope everyone has a good night and 2 more days til draft time. I’m out!!!

    Night elizabeth!!

  5. Czechtheout!!!! on

    Wicky

    I did not say Gudbranson is like Staal. I said he is a slightly more physical version of him. But Fowler is a franchise damn, the other guy is not in what I’ve read. So I would not trade up for him.

    As for a lot of puck moving dmen, the black hawks seem to have done alright with that.

    But at the end of the day,we will probably not trade up or down. I just hope Sather the moron does not draft the goalie Jack Campbell. Absent that stupid move, I hope we get Nino,Connolly (if he falls) or Ryan Johanson if he also falls. I don’t want any of the russians.

  6. How about that snoop dog? Did’nt you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and proud to have him part of the NHL biggest night?
    Maybe someone should tell Mr. Betemen;this is the kind of crap that your are booed for at every rink you show your face at.

  7. Jeff Skinner is the name that seems to be going around a lot of mock drafts for our #10 pick.
    I also think that with our #40 pick (2nd round) it is nicely set up to take Beukeboom Jr. (Brock) who plays like his dad did too (according to what i’ve read, as i dont attend many Canadian Jr League matches living 3000 miles away!!)

  8. I have a question about selecting players to play a particular position, and it holds for the Rangers as well as the baseball teams, and currently the situation arises with the Mets……………

    There is a dilemma it seems for Mets management on who to play center field when Beltran returns, and with Pagan tearing up the league.

    Beltran is heir apparent to center field, ( but it’s Pagan’s present position)…opiners keep referring to the fact that Beltran gets the position while the hot Pagan sits
    on the bench …or…replace either Beltran or Francouer of the magic arm, but questionable bat.

    NO ONE seems to mention the mediocre hitting Bay in Left field, as a possible site for Pagan…??? At the very least til Bay comes around? ( and they’re approaching mid season with this fellow meandering along despite his great background.)

    Now relate that to Rangers…would they keep a high priced non producing skater ( you name the position), because he
    is very highly priced, and had been great in the past,
    even though they had a top notch possibility of an ace in the hole so to speak in another player? who was a great player at one time, but fallen off the wagon so to speak at present, Wouldn’t that cause a rippling of eyebrows among the followers? I happen to think so…but the pundits in NY sports seem to have completely overlooked this situation with the Mets. I don’t get it.

  9. I have a question about selecting players to play a particular position, and it holds for the Rangers as well as the baseball teams, and currently the situation arises with the Mets……………

    There is a dilemma it seems for Mets management on who to play center field when Beltran returns, and with Pagan tearing up the league.

    Beltran is heir apparent to center field, ( but it’s Pagan’s present position)…opiners keep referring to the fact that Beltran gets the position while the hot Pagan sits
    on the bench …or…replace either Beltran or Francouer of the magic arm, but questionable bat.

    NO ONE seems to mention the mediocre hitting Bay in Left field, as a possible site for Pagan…??? At the very least til Bay comes around? ( and they’re approaching mid season with this fellow meandering along despite his great background.)

    Now relate that to Rangers…would they keep a high priced non producing skater ( you name the position), because he
    is very highly priced, and had been great in the past,
    even though they had a top notch possibility of an ace in the hole so to speak in another player? Wouldn’t that cause a rippling of eyebrows among the followers? I happen to think so…but the pundits in NY sports seem to have completely overlooked this situation with the Mets. I don’t get it.

  10. In the Girardi/Gilroy article that Wicky linked was the following. If true, how could you not sign the guy for the league minimum?

    “Nikolai Zherdev’s agent has contacted the Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Kings, and Blue Jackets, in hoping to return to the NHL after a one year hiatus in Russia. It is said he is now willing to play for league minimum to be attractive to teams willing to give him a shot.”

  11. Rick:

    Article in Wednesday’s NY Times reported that Henrik Lundquist sold his condo on the Upper West Side. This comes two days before NHL Draft and the all the attendant deal making that takes place. Should we read anything into this about Lundquist’s future with the Rangers?

  12. If Zherdev truly is in for the league minimum its a bit of a shift in attitude don’t you think? This was a guy who went into arbitration with the Rangers asking for $4m+ per year and was being shopped around the NHL for that price when Slats turned down the award.
    If it is true then for a player of his skills and less than $1m per i would sign him up now, especially given our current cap situation.

    Without Hank we might as well forget next season, waive Redden, trade Roszival for draft picks, bring up Grachev, Weise, Stepan, Sangs, Sauer etc and see who the projected #1 pick is for 2011 draft.

  13. Good morning, boneheads!

    We have predicted most of the winners last night, if not all of them.

    John- Should we read anything into this about Lundquist’s future with the Rangers? Yes, he is buying a bigger place. He isn’t going anywhere.

    CTB- I got both of them. Everything is as advertised, and much more. The screen resolution is the first thing you will notice. And the speed. Enjoy.

    Nick Zherdev for league minimum? In a heartbeat! The problem is, Torts may think otherwise…Remember, he is the one who does all the thinking. Not even Carp, let alone us…

  14. ilb, I’m waiting on mine.

    My problem is that I’m leaving for FLA today in the early afternoon and the AT&T rep is not sure when they get their shipment in. Last I heard was 3 PM which is too late for me for today, forcing me to wait until Tuesday to pick it up. I couldn’t do delivery because if it got delivered today no one would be at home today to pick it up.

    I don’t understand why the Apple Stores opened at 7 AM and why the AT&T stores didn’t get them already and just kept the inventory locked up to be released today?

  15. fran,

    The best solution is to put Pagan in RF and see how Beltran handles CF. Francoeur shouldn’t be on a major league roster. He refuses to take pitches and/or walk. Bay’s power is down but he has a decent on base pct and has been much better than advertised in the field and on the bases. Without the power of course he’s overpaid at $16MM, but I think he provides a good presence in lineup and maybe he’ll be somewhat like Beltran where he has a so-so 1st year in NY and then puts a couple of solid years together for the rest of his deal.

  16. Oh and fran, the Mets are winning right now so a lot of criticism about individual players gets deflected. Unfortunately, the Rangers aren’t large enough in the NY sports psyche, especially in the off-season, to really put the pressure on the organization to make a move.

    Then in the fall, after baseball season is over, the Giants/Jets have their new stadium and the Jets are writing really large proverbial checks about their team’s chances this season. Finally, if Lebron ends up on the Knicks, that’s all the local rags will talk about during the winter. Thus, the likes of Captain Pizza and the R&R boys can glide well under the radar.

  17. Morning all! Didn’t watch the awards show last night, but good to see Marty and Sid NOT win anything.

  18. Also… I’m not looking for any sympathy or anything of that sort, but today marks one year since my Mom unexpectedly passed away. I miss her every second of every day. In light of that and instead of words of sympathy and kindess (though those would be welcomed and appreciated), it would mean the most to me if you called your own mother and told her that you loved her. There is never a bad time to do that and I’m certain she would love to hear from her son or daughter, not mention it will make you feel good as well.

  19. B’s trade the 15th pick and Wideman to the Panthers for Nathan Horton and Greg Campbell. Would have liked to see Horton in a blueshirt.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Peter posts news that is several days old. Would have been relevant a couple of days ago.

    I’m just busting chops.

    Reading over the NYR post re: MDZ got me thinking. Man, what happened to Mike York?! Talk about dropping off the face of the earth.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    That article from the Buffalo paper says what I’ve been saying for a while now: in the “new” NHL, you do not need an elite goaltender to win the cup. In fact, the salary you commit to such a goaltender probably will keep you from being able to fill out the rest of your roster properly. It’s all about having scoring and defensive depth.

  22. How do people feel on here about trading for Savard ???

    I know he has a seven year deal, but it is extremely front loaded. His 3rd to last year his actual salary is 1.5 million and 525k for the the last 2 years… which makes it ideal for demotion, buyout, or even retirement at that point

    Plus his cap hit is only 4 million, which is extremely low for a guy who could easily get you 50-70 assists and 60-80 points for the next 3-4 years

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    Mickey, Brodeur won the Jennings (although he’s known that since the end of the season).

    Also, sorry about your mom.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    somerset, actually, front-loaded contracts like that are bad for buyouts because the buyout savings are so small. You end up paying nearly the full cap hit during the remaining years of the contract, in which case, you might as well play the guy.

    But you are right about being good for demotion. Easy to eat that salary. And he would probably retire over being demoted anyway. I’d like to see Savard come home if the price is right. But for a 4.2 million cap hit, no way does Boston deal him away.

  25. I f we are trading Rozy or Redden this season it will have to be to STL, COL, or NYI.

    All 3 teams are hovering around the 31-32 million point right now and COL and NYI already have 17 players a piece under contract.

    The cap floor is 43 million dollars that means on average the remaining 6 players COL or NYI need to sign would have to average 2 million dollars a piece OR …… Redden or Rozy could take up some of that juicy cap space

  26. Gift of GAB-orik(and Philly Losing!) on

    Byfuglien=Thrashers…. too bad.

    Sign Zherdev!!! for the minimum? NO BRAINER. Play for a contract? i LOVE that idea. With Gaborik to mentor him and keep his head on right, they could be a dangerous duo.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Gilroy/Girardi dealt. Gilroy has some positives… though not sure he fits in Torts system. He can get the puck up ice… but a bit soft in the D zone.

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    somerset,

    First, we know Redden isn’t getting moved unless we pay them to take him (like giving away a high draft pick with him). So if anyone’s gonna be moved, its Rozsi. And he should have some attraction to low budget teams because his salary for the next two years is lower than his cap hit (cap hit 5, salary 4 and 3, respectively).

    We know it won’t be NYI. They’ve had too good of a look at him to be that stupid. That leaves StL and COL.

    StL: JD had a good look at him in 05-06 when he was playing with Jagr and scoring a lot of points. But frankly, the man isn’t an idiot. And he will come up in salary once the deal with Halak gets worked out.

    COL: Their defense is full of older guys. They don’t need another veteran guy. Also, they have a few solid young RFAs to reup, and next year Craig Anderson is getting PAID. Maybe we trade for Liles, straight up, since he has a lower cap number but higher salary. Both teams win. But I can’t see anything else happening there.

    I think Nashville would be a good fit. Great young defense, but could use a vet other than Boullion. They are struggling to hit the cap floor. They could also try and sell it as a replacement for Hamhuis. Truth be told though, they have WAY too many good defensemen to want Rozsi.

  28. Gift of GAB-orik( NOW SIGN ZHERDEV!!! ) on

    It’s shaping up to be an interesting summer that’s for sure. The Rangers definately need some help, not sure who/where it will come from.

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m very unsurprised to hear that Renney is after Girardi. That was one of his guys. Trade him straight up for one of their underperforming young centers, like Patrick O’Sullivan.

  30. Mickey

    You never really get over losing your mother. Oh, the pain passes over time, and you realize that it is nature’s way, but keeping in mind that she was so much a part of your young life, and often as not your best friend …and at times possibly your only friend. When you stop to think of who it was there for you when you had a severe childhood illness, when you came home from school after being beaten up by the school thug..she was there for you with comfort and sympathy. she deflected the unpleasantness of your life and introduced you to many things that became a part of your personality as you went on in life. But life does go on and the sorrow will fade with time..but you needn’t forget her. The best thing you can do is live your life as you imagine she’d have wanted you to do. All our prayers are for and with you.

    fran

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