On the eve of training camp Sunday morning, the Rangers announced that defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy both have agreed to terms on new contracts with the team. The club did not announce terms for either deal.
Del Zotto was a restricted free agent, coming off a career-high ten goals and 41 points with the Rangers in 2011-12. The 22 year-old defenseman---the Rangers first round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft---is entering his fourth season with the club, having amassed 21 goals and 89 points in 204 career games to date.
Last spring Del Zotto appeared in his first NHL playoffs and produced two gpals, eight assists, and ten points while playing in all 20 games.
Gilroy officially returns to the Rangers organization after spending 2011-12 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. The 2009 Hobey Baker Award winner as college hockey's top player, Gilroy signed with the Rangers as a free agent in the spring of 2009 and played two years with the Blueshirts, totaling 26 points in 127 games. He also scored a goal against the Capitals in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
A free agent this past summer, Gilroy signed a minor league contract with the Rangers AHL affiliate, Connecticut Whale, in October where he appeared in 34 games, registering six goals and 15 points.
What is your take on both Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy agreeing to terms on Sunday? And how will the Rangers defense corps shape up this season? Share your comments below.