With tonight's Garden match against San Jose the Rangers' ninth of the year and thus the final game that Michael Del Zotto can play before this season kicks in against his Entry Level contract, The Post has learned that the 19-year-old defenseman will be moving.
No, not back to the OHL — Hello? — but out of the hotel in which he has been staying and into a more permanent place of residence, for Rangers management has given that green light to Del Zotto and to fellow rookies Matt Gilroy and Artem Anisimov as well as to Brian Boyle.
Del Zotto, a plus-three, is tied with Philadelphia's Matt Carle for the NHL lead in scoring by defensemen with eight points (3-5). He leads the rookie-scoring race by one point over the Islanders' John Tavares. He has been on the ice for all eight of the Rangers' five-on-four power play goals.
"He has a nice strut to him," head coach John Tortorella said. "But he hasn't crossed the line."
Obviously this doesn't come as a shock to any of us, but it's nice to see it is official. As for Matt Gilroy, Anisimov, and Boyle, I guess the Rangers considered them as "bubble guys" and were keeping them in temporary quarters for the time being. Sounds like they will all need a real estate agent.