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Michael Del Zotto | Defenseman

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Michael Del Zotto sustained a lower-body injury in the third period of Wednesday's game.
Del Zotto was hurt in a collision with the Rangers' Dan Girardi. Del Zotto is questionable for Thursday's contest. He has two goals and eight points in 17 games in 2014-15. Nov 20 - 9:58 AM

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Michael Del Zotto will suit up against his former Rangers teammates on Wednesday night.

"It's my first time being here, especially with the renovation, it was a bit different," said Del Zotto referring to Madison Square Garden. "It's a different feeling coming in on the opposite side. You don't want to look at this game any differently, you get caught up in the moment, that's when things turn south for you. It's a big game for us, losing two games in a row, being neck in neck in the standings with the Rangers, this is a game we need tonight." He should be motivated for contest and talked about wanting to play with a chip on his shoulder. Del Zotto has eight points and a plus-2 rating in 16 games with the Flyers.
Nov 19 - 2:36 PM

For Michael Del Zotto, Philadelphia's recent bonding trip to Cape Cod was particularly helpful.

Del Zotto is one of the few new faces on the Flyers. "I think everyone's been great," Del Zotto said. "It was just great to get to know some of the guys, get some chemistry on and off the ice. I think that's what this weekend was all about. It's a very tight-knit group." Del Zotto is coming off of a disastrous campaign and consequently has a lot to prove going into the 2014-15 season.
Oct 7 - 11:09 AM

Michael Del Zotto was minus-three in Philadelphia's 4-0 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

Del Zotto looked better in Monday's contest though. The Flyers are hoping he'll rebound after recording just 16 points in 67 games with the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators in 2013-14.
Sep 25 - 8:49 AM

Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall expects Michael Del Zotto to bounce back after a rough 2013-14 campaign.

Del Zotto went from recording 41 points in 2011-12 and 21 points in 46 contests during the shortened campaign to scoring just three goals and 16 points in 67 games last season. In addition to his production declining, he saw his role with the Rangers reduced substantially and a trade to Nashville wasn't enough to turn his season around. The Predators didn't even think he was worth a qualifying offer to retain his rights, but Philadelphia eventually offered him a one-year contract in August. "We look at a young player like Michael Del Zotto coming into the NHL at his age," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "He has a lot of money. He's got fame, he's got people wanting to spend time with him and thinking he's a big deal. Any 20-21-22 or 23-year-old, it's pretty easy to get off the rails. I think that is what happened to him. I think in two years, he will look back and say, 'it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I regained my focus and what is important.'"
Sep 2 - 12:15 PM

The addition of Michael Del Zotto to the fold in Philadelphia will likely force other changes to the Flyers defensive pairings.

Although veteran Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) has spent the last few seasons paired primarily with Braydon Coburn, it's unlikely coach Craig Berube will slide Del Zotto into that slot, favoring Andrew MacDonald with Coburn instead. "MacDonald and Coburn played together some games last year and I really liked what I saw there as a shutdown pair," Berube said. He went on to say that he intends to start the season with Del Zotto in a pairing with defensive-minded Luke Schenn with Nick Grossman and Mark Streit forming the third duo.
Aug 9 - 8:24 AM

Michael Del Zotto is motivated to get back on track in Philadelphia.

"Without making the playoffs, it's been a long summer, something new for me," Del Zotto said. "I took two weeks off and began training right away. Last season didn't go as well as I would have liked or planned it to be. It’s been a humbling season. This off-season has been the most motivated I've ever been to get back and prove everyone wrong and that I can get back and be what I was before." He had a good rookie season (37 points) and he produced 41 points in 2011-12, so there is some reason for optimism. The Flyers signed him to a low-risk, one-year contract worth $1.3 million and he could supply some offense from the back end.
Aug 6 - 2:42 PM

Michael Del Zotto has agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers were in need of some defensive help after learning about Kimmo Timonen's blood clot issue. Del Zotto will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 season. He posted three goals and 13 assists in 67 contests between the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 5 - 7:52 PM

Michael Del Zotto is still looking for an NHL team after he was cut loose by the Nashville Predators.

His agent said there's "no chance" that his client ends up with the Vancouver Canucks, which put an end to those rumors. The Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders could be possible destinations. Del Zotto is just 24 years of age and his 41-point campaign in 2011-12 will probably convince a team to take a chance on him. However, that opportunity may not present itself until training camps are about to open and he receives a professional tryout.
Aug 4 - 7:54 PM

Free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto is determined to find an NHL club to sign him as soon as possible.

"I'm just waiting for the right opportunity to prove myself again, and prove everyone who's doubted me wrong," said Del Zotto, who finished last season with the Nashville Predators after being traded by the New York Rangers. In Nashville, he was scratched from four of the final five games and finished with one goal and four assists in 25 games. His total of 16 points was well off his career-high 41 of two seasons back. "The whole season overall wasn't how I wanted it to be," Del Zotto said. "It was unfortunate losing your confidence early. It's a confidence game, so I'm just trying to get it back this summer. I know what I can do and can provide a team. I've done it in the past; I'm just trying to get there again." Nashville did not extend a qualifying offer to Del Zotto, making the five-season veteran an unrestricted free agent. He said clubs have expressed an interest, but he remains unsigned almost a month into free agency.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 7:12 PM

Columnist Larry Brooks feels this summer should serve as a wake-up call for Michael Del Zotto.

Not only did Nashville not bother to qualify Del Zotto, but he is still looking for work a week into the unrestricted free agent market. It wasn't long ago that the Rangers were giving Del Zotto top-four minutes, but now he needs to prove that he's worthy of simply playing in the NHL. He should eventually find a team that's willing to give him a one-year "show me" contract and then the pressure will be on for him to bounce back.
Jul 7 - 9:47 AM

Michael Del Zotto will not get a qualifying offer from Nashville, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.

The Predators rolled the dice by acquiring him in exchange for Kevin Klein, but he didn't make a smooth transition. It was thought that he might get a chance to bounce back under new coach Peter Laviolette, but now he'll be looking to do that with another team. Del Zotto produced three goals and 16 points in 67 games with Nashville and the New York Rangers last season.
Jun 30 - 4:57 PM

The New York Islanders reportedly have an interest in Michael Del Zotto.

It's believed that Del Zotto will either be dealt by Nashville or he will not be qualified on Monday. The Predators don't feel that the former Rangers blueliner is a fit with their organization, so they are expected to cut ties with him shortly.
Jun 30 - 9:55 AM

Michael Del Zotto is being shopped by the Predators, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

Del Zotto played 25 games with the Predators after the trade with the Rangers. In 67 games last season, he recorded 16 points, not exactly the type of numbers you want to see from a guy who is of the offensive-defenseman mold. Del Zotto is a restricted free agent who earned $2.9 million last season. Only 24, there should be interest around the league, though the Predators probably shouldn't expect a big haul in return.
Jun 28 - 7:43 PM

Michael Del Zotto and the Nashville Predators haven't started contract talks yet.

"Nothing to report, no discussions yet," said agent Mark Guy. Assuming Del Zotto is still in Nashville's plans, he'll get a qualifying offer from the club sometime before the June 30 deadline. He will be a restricted free agent next week, but there doesn't appear to be a rush to get him under contract.
Jun 26 - 4:07 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Claude Giroux
2Vincent Lecavalier
3Brayden Schenn
4Sean Couturier
5Scott Laughton
6Chris VandeVelde
LW1R.J. Umberger
2Matt Read
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4Zac Rinaldo
5Jay Rosehill
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Michael Raffl
4Jason Akeson
D1Mark Streit
2Braydon Coburn
3Andrew MacDonald
4Nicklas Grossmann
5Michael Del Zotto
6Luke Schenn
7Nick Schultz
8Carlo Colaiacovo
9Kimmo Timonen
10Chris Pronger
G1Steve Mason
2Ray Emery