Predators defenseman Michael Del Zotto didn't provide too much clarity when asked about his summer.

He's a pending restricted free agent.

"I have no idea what's going to happen," he said this week. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me. I have high expectations for myself, and being traded here I wanted to prove I could play to the best of my ability and how I had in the past. We'll see what happens this summer and just take it one day at a time."

Del Zotto's situation is worth watching. Will the Predators re-sign him? If so, at what price? His previous contract was for two years at $5.1 million.

"I've enjoyed my time here. I've only been here 2½ months," Del Zotto said. "The guys have been great to me, the organization has been unbelievable."

Nashville acquired the 23-year-old blueliner from the Rangers in January in exchange for veteran defenseman Kevin Klein.

The hope was Del Zotto would generate some more offense from the blueline, but he often found himself as a healthy scratch and finished with five points in 25 games for Nashville. Former coach Barry Trotz had said Del Zotto, a veteran of 317 NHL games, wasn't experienced enough to have a full-time role.

"Throwing Michael into the mix … he was good. I loved playing with him," defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "Obviously he's offensively minded like myself. We feed off that. We feed off each other's similarities and it was a pleasure to play with him."

Del Zotto's contract negotiations could be tricky. As a 21-year-old with the Rangers, he had 41 points — which would have been second in blueliner scoring for the Predators this season. He has excellent skating ability, good passing vision and a blast of a shot.

The past couple of years he failed to put it all together, yet it seems unlikely Nashville will let a talent like Del Zotto walk.