Michael Del Zotto D NAS Sep 15 '12

The deal John Carlson signed with the Capitals figures to play into Michael Del Zotto's hands as he negotiates a new extension with the Rangers.

The Capitals defenseman, who is also 22, agreed to a six-year, $23.8 million contract Friday. Comparing the two over the past three years, Del Zotto has 21 goals and 68 assists in 204 games, while Carlson has 17 and 58 in 186 games. General manager Glen Sather said earlier in the week the team made its offer, it wouldn't change and that Del Zotto would "come to his senses," but this may tilt the negotiations in Del Zotto's favor.

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