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Michael Del Zotto | Defenseman

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Michael Del Zotto was one of 23 players to file for salary arbitration on Sunday.
Del Zotto struggled to find his game after posting a career best 10 goals and 41 points in 2011-12, but he really turned it on after signing with the Flyers. The 25-year-old finished the season with 10 goals and 32 points in just 64 games. Jul 5 - 6:32 PM
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Michael Del Zotto filed for salary arbitration on Friday, but is expected to continue to negotiate with the Flyers through the weekend.

Del Zotto is coming off a resurgent season in which he scored 10 goals and 32 points in just 64 games for the Flyers. Coming off a one-year, $1.3M deal, Del Zotto is still just 25-years-old and shouldn't have much trouble getting a suitable raise from the Flyers. Keep the offensive defenseman in mind towards the back of the draft to round out your roster with.
Jul 3 - 5:48 PM

Michael Del Zotto's agent met with the Flyers on Thursday.

However, there wasn't much progress made in contract negotiations and the arbitration process is looking very likely. Del Zotto, who can become a restricted free agent in a less than a week, recorded 10 goals and 32 points in 64 games with Philadelphia this past campaign.
Jun 25 - 5:35 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is confident that the Flyers will re-sign Michael Del Zotto, but it may take a while.

Del Zotto is only eligible for restricted free agency, so the Flyers shouldn't feel a sense of urgency to get this done. That said, it wouldn't be surprising to see Del Zotto get a raise from his 2014-15 salary of $1.3 million, especially seeing as the contract is expected to be a multi-year deal. He had 10 goals and 32 points in 64 contests last season.
Jun 19 - 6:10 PM

Restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto and the Philadelphia Flyers have begun negotiation a contract extension.

The Flyers however have a glut of NHL defensemen, with seven already on the roster including newly signed veteran Yevgeny Medvedev. Del Zotto represents something the Flyers are short on, youth and scoring talent. Still only entering his age-25 season, Del Zotto re-emerged with his best season of 32 points since 2011-12 while leading all Philadelphia blue liners with 10 goals. Del Zotto is coming off a one-year $1.3M contract, and has dinged the cap as much as $2.55M as recently as 2013-14.
May 23 - 6:05 PM

Michael Del Zotto scored his 10th goal of the season on Sunday.

It was a power play marker and the goal gave the defenseman six points in his last five games as well as 22 in his last 28. He now has 32 points this season. Del Zotto should be in line for a nice pay raise as he inked a one-year $1.3 million deal as a UFA in the off-season.
Apr 6 - 8:12 AM

Left for dead as a guy who barely got a contract for 2014-15, Michael Del Zotto continues to produce nice offense for the Philadelphia Flyers.

By grabbing two assists on Saturday, "MDZ" now has 31 points, crossing the 30 mark for the third time in his career. Say what you will about his defensive skills, it's hard to imagine him being ignored by GMs again next summer.
Apr 4 - 3:46 PM

Michael Del Zotto wants to return to the Flyers next season.

The defenseman inked a one-year deal as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and is a restricted free agent this season. "I don't know what's going to happen," Del Zotto said. "I love it here. I love the group of guys here, I strongly believe in this room. It's kind of a weird year, an inconsistent year. I feel we have a team that could do some damage if we stayed consistent. I love everything about it here. It's an unbelievable sports city. I love the fans. It's the closest group of guys I've ever played with." He has nine goals and 29 points in 59 games this season.
Apr 4 - 9:09 AM

Michael Del Zotto played 30:18 in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose.

The Flyers were in big trouble as Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo were out with the flu and Luke Schenn and Andrew MacDonald were out with injuries so Del Zotto picked up a lot of the slack. Rookie Brandon Manning played 25:07 while the Flyers called up a couple of rookies in Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen to fill out the blueline.
Mar 29 - 10:12 AM

Michael Del Zotto had two assists in a 4-1 win over Chicago Wednesday night.

Del Zotto was playing in his third game since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for six contests. He didn't record a point in his first two games since recovering from the injury. He has nine goals and 28 points in 57 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 26 - 10:00 AM

Michael Del Zotto (upper body) will rejoin the Flyers' lineup on Thursday.

Del Zotto was out for six straight games due to the injury. He has nine goals and 26 points in 54 contests this season. Carlo Calaiacovo will probably be a healthy scratch as a result of Del Zotto's return.
Mar 19 - 10:09 AM

Michael Del Zotto (upper body) won't return Tuesday.

It will be Del Zotto's sixth consecutive game on the sidelines. The good news is that Flyers GM Ron Hextall thinks Del Zotto might be back on Thursday.
Mar 17 - 11:26 AM

Michael Del Zotto (upper body) skated for 15 minutes on Friday.

According to reports, Del Zotto looked like he was struggling when on the ice. He was supposed to be out for 7-10 days but it may be longer than that. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Mar 14 - 9:20 AM

Michael Del Zotto (upper-body) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Detroit.

The 24-year-old has now missed two consecutive games because of the injury. Del Zotto has nine goals and 26 points in his first season with the Philadelphia Flyers. Flyers' GM Ron Hextal expects Del Zotto to skate on Friday, but he still won't be ready for Saturday's contest.
Mar 12 - 7:51 PM

Philadelphia defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be sidelined from 7 to 10 days because of an upper-body injury, the Flyers said Sunday.

Brandon Manning, recalled by the Flyers on Saturday, will replace Del Zotto in the lineup. Manning is working alongside Andrew MacDonald Sunday in the Flyers' game against the New Jersey Devils. Del Zotto, 24, had seven goals and 16 points in his past 21 games and nine goals and 26 points in 54 games overall this season.
Mar 8 - 7:28 PM

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C1Claude Giroux
2Sean Couturier
3Ryan White
4Chris VandeVelde
5Nick Cousins
6Vincent Lecavalier
LW1Brayden Schenn
2Matt Read
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4R.J. Umberger
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Sam Gagner
3Wayne Simmonds
4Michael Raffl
5Jason Akeson
6Jay Rosehill
7Colin McDonald
8Aaron Palushaj
D1Mark Streit
2Andrew MacDonald
3Michael Del Zotto
4Luke Schenn
5Nick Schultz
6Radko Gudas
7Brandon Manning
8Evgeni Medvedev
G1Steve Mason
2Ray Emery
3Michal Neuvirth
4Jason LaBarbera