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Michael Del Zotto | Defenseman

Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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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. Jul 19 - 7:12 PM

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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

Determining fair value for soon-to-be restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto might be tough.

Del Zotto was pretty effective in 2011-12 and 2013, but he took a big step back in 2013-14 with 16 points and a minus-nine rating in 67 games. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me," Del Zotto said. He didn't get much power-play ice time with Nashville and we consequently don't have high hopes for him in 2014-15 from a fantasy perspective.
Apr 20 - 10:53 AM

Michael Del Zotto scored his third goal of the season in Nashville's blowout loss to Dallas on Friday night.

Del Zotto has struggled on the Predators, demonstrated by his healthy scratch last week. He has just 16 points through 64 games this season and 11 of them came when he was still in New York. That makes just five points in 22 games with his new team.
Mar 28 - 11:25 PM

Michael Del Zotto served as a healthy scratch again in Sunday's win over Chicago.

It was the second time during Nashville's four-game road trip that he's watched from the press box. Del Zotto picked up an assist in Friday's game at Calgary, but the Predators dressed seven defensemen and he logged a mere 3:13 of ice time.
Mar 24 - 12:14 PM

Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch Wednesday night against Vancouver.

"His game has slipped, and our coaching staff has talked to him about making solid decisions, solid plays and he has gotten away from that a little bit," coach Barry Trotz said. "We had some healthy people and we felt this would be a good time." He has posted a minus-6 his past three games and he's collected just two helpers in his last 14 outings. Victor Bartley took his spot in the lineup.
Mar 20 - 12:28 PM

Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist in Saturday's 3-1 loss.

Del Zotto has just two points in 10 games since being acquired by the Predators. He's not being used with the man advantage in Nashville, which is killing his fantasy value.
Mar 2 - 10:17 AM

The Nashville Predators want to see a strong finish to the season from Michael Del Zotto.

"When we first got him, I think he was trying to prove a point, and he came in and played really, really hard," coach Barry Trotz said. "I liked his battle skills and his puck skills. But I think just before the break, his play slipped a little bit, and I'm hoping he can get that intensity back to where it was. It's going to be very needed." He has been skating with Ryan Ellis in recent practices after playing primarily with rookie Seth Jones upon his arrival from the New York Rangers. Del Zotto has one assist and eight shots in eight games with Nashville since he was traded.
Feb 25 - 9:42 AM

Michael Del Zotto earned an assist in Tuesday's win over Winnipeg for his first point as a member of the Predators.

He also had a plus-2 rating. Del Zotto has been paired with rookie Seth Jones since his arrival from the Rangers and coach Barry Trotz has liked the combination so far. "They're both guys who compete really hard, and they can do some things offensively." Trotz said. "As long as they're not both (jumping into the play) at the same time, I'm pretty happy about that."
Jan 30 - 11:49 AM

Michael Del Zotto wasn't used on the power play in his Nashville debut on Thursday.

However, coach Barry Trotz may use him more in those type of situations in the future. "I liked a lot of things he did," Trotz said. "He had good compete for me, his puck management was really good. Especially since he hadn't played with us. I was really happy with his effort." Del Zotto logged 13:15 of ice time in Nashville's 2-1 win over Vancouver. He finished the match with one shot, one hit and two blocks.
Jan 24 - 9:03 AM

Michael Del Zotto will make his Nashville debut Thursday night.

He will be paired with rookie blueliner Seth Jones. Coach Barry Trotz plans to "let him loose" which suggests that Del Zotto will be green lighted for offensive opportunities with the Predators.
Jan 23 - 5:18 PM

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