Carl Gunnarsson has only played 18 games this season, and hasn’t played since February 3rd. When he has been on the ice, he’s been extremely effective, but his return doesn’t appear to be imminent. Chris Butler is perfectly capable depth, but the Blues wanted to add some further depth at the blue line. Enter Michael Del Zotto.
The former 2008 first round draft pick of the New York Rangers was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for a sixth round draft pick. The Blues have yet to formally announce the deal.
Drafted by the Rangers, Del Zotto has also seen action with the Predators (briefly), the Flyers, Canucks, and Anaheim Ducks. He spent time with both the Canucks and the Ducks this season. In 35 games played this year, he has a goal and six assists. He’s been a frequent healthy scratch this season, but should be serviceable if the Blues need him.
It’s not a big, splashy move, but it’s the depth signing that most Blues fans expected. Del Zotto is a pending UFA.