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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
After three games as a healthy scratch, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will return to the Flyers' lineup Sunday night against Calgary, based on Saturday's practice in Voorhees.
Entering the preseason, Del Zotto figured to be the Flyers' No. 1 defenseman. But he injured his left knee against his former team, the New York Rangers, during an Oct. 6 exhibition and missed the season's first 12 games. The Flyers went 6-5-1 in that stretch.
Del Zotto returned to the lineup Nov. 5, but struggled and was benched last week.
"Any time you're not playing, you're not feeling the best about yourself," Del Zotto said after Saturday's practice. "But I've been in this situation numerous times. To me, I just look at it as another obstacle, another piece of adversity to overcome. Deal with it head-on and I'll be better from it."...
Del Zotto is excited for goalie Anthony Stolarz, who is expected to make his NHL debut Sunday. Steve Mason has started six straight games.
"I know he's been waiting a while to get his start; Mase has been playing great for us. He's been standing on his head and keeping us in games," Del Zotto said. "Stolie is excited. It makes you think back to your first game and your first start."
The Flyers' playoff hopes took a huge hit Saturday.
After a 2-1 overtime loss to the rival New Jersey Devils, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
According to CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio, Del Zotto is out with a left wrist ailment.
Del Zotto was injured late in the third period after a collision in the defensive zone and did not return to the game.
Hextall said he expected Del Zotto to miss "weeks" and that a call-up from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms will be made soon.
added 4:54pm, from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
note 4:15pm, Changed the headline to reflect the length of the deal.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Del Zotto made $1.3 million this season. It's a big trim from the $2.9 million he earned last season. He obviously isn't at Drew Doughty's level ($7 million), but he's closer to a James Wisniewski ($5.5 million) than Nick Grossmann ($3.5 million) in pay scale.
To this point, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said negotiations have not begun. The Flyers will retain Del Zotto's rights so long as they offer him a $1.3 million qualifying offer, which his agent, Mark Guy, said he fully expects....
Could this be a complicated negotiation?
"I have no idea," Hextall said. "Personally, I don't think it should be difficult. I think we know where he was, we know where he is. I think two reasonable people can probably put something together that's fair for both sides. I don't anticipate [it], but until you get there, you don't know."
Hextall said the Flyers could be interested in a longer term deal "depending on the numbers." They'll probably need to pay to buy up a few of his unrestricted years. Del Zotto is also arbitration-eligible should an impasse arrive.
from MArc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Del Zotto now has seven points (3 goals, four assists) in his last eight games.
“I thought he played a really good game,” coach Craig Berube said. “He’s doing an all-around great job.”
Then Berube expanded on the subject.
“He is playing against top lines, defending well and that’s the biggest thing for me,” Berube said. “You know, he’s defending well and then he’s jumping in the play when he can and making good plays with the puck.”
Del Zotto, who turns 25 in June, says this is possibly the most confidence he has had as an NHL player.. He was with the Rangers beginning in the 2009-10 season until being traded to Nashville on Jan. 22, 2014.
In the offseason he signed with the Flyers.
“In the past couple of days the coaching staff has showed a lot of trust in me, throwing me in all situations, the first penalty kill, power play, 5-on-5,” he said. “Anytime that happens it helps with your confidence and it’s going well right now”.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has made a helluva case for Antoine Vermette as the league's most useful player available at the trade deadline (in no small part because the Arizona Coyotes forward used to be a Senator), and Vermette's far from chopped liver, but these parts of his Sunday rumor column are more interesting than Vermette talk or discussion of Team Canada WJC coach Benoit Groulx's future:
Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has been working the phones to try to get help up front. Yes, the Habs have had a great first half, but they'd still like to get a little more size among their forwards for a long playoff run. They waived blue-liner Bryan Allen and his $3.5-million contract. He was sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Hamilton and the Habs are hopeful someone will deal for him ... If a team is looking for experience, a possible option is Colorado C Daniel Briere. A UFA with a $4-million cap hit, he's being used in a fourth-line role by the Avs. Briere, 36, could be a nice fit for a team in the East and the Avs wouldn't want much more than a draft pick in return. The Islanders could use a guy like Briere. They have little experience ... A possible fit for the Wings: Oilers' D Jeff Petry. Detroit GM Ken Holland was on Edmonton radio last week and indicated he needs a right shot. Petry is a UFA and a Michigan native.
Ryan Kesler's also from Michigan, and the Wings were supposedly in trade talks for him, too, but that didn't happen. A player's Michigan ties haven't fared into the Wings,' "We want to trade for guy over the other one" decision-making process since the Jimmy Carson trade.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall is getting antsy to make deals. Philly has virtually no shot at making the playoffs, coach Craig Berube is on the hot-seat and Hextall wouldn't mind clearing out cash. While the Flyers would like to move blue-liners Nick Schultz, Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Del Zotto, the guy teams really covet is Braydon Coburn. With a $4.5-million cap hit through 2016-17, Coburn is highly regarded and could bring a good return. There's also interest in centre Brayden Schenn, who has a cap hit of $2.75 million through next season.
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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
On his very first shift after sitting out nine games as a healthy scratch, the Flyers' defenseman went into the corner to make a defensive play and fell down.
Danny Briere tried to step over him and caught Del Zotto with his skate, slashing him on the left side of his neck.
“I wanted to take an angle on [Briere],” Del Zotto said. “I don’t know if I clipped a skate but went down and he skated away and I felt his blade hit my neck.”
It could have been a lot worse than the 20 or so stitches, but Del Zotto did not play again until the start of the second period.
At least he wasn’t seriously injured.
Del Zotto posted two pictures on instragram a few hours ago, see them below, not pretty.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto on a one-year contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Del Zotto recorded 16 points (3g-13a) and 18 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games this past season, which he split with the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators. He was traded by the Rangers on Jan. 22 to the Predators, where he posted five points (1g-4a) in 25 games.
“The whole season overall wasn’t how I wanted it to be. 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.”
-Unrestricted Free Agent Michael Del Zotto. More on Del Zotto from Luke Fox of Sportsnet.
Del Zotto is 24 years old and shoots from the left side.
from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,
The Predators and Michael Del Zotto appear to be done with each other.
Calling the 24-year-old defenseman “not a fit” for Nashville, Predators general manager David Poile said he had not yet given the restricted free agent a qualifying offer, which is due by 4 p.m. Monday.
That leaves three options for Del Zotto: He either will be traded, signed to an extension or left without a qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
The last option seems the likeliest possibility. Last week, Del Zotto’s agent, Mark Guy, said he and the Predators had no discussions on an extension, and nothing appeared to have changed as of Sunday.
“Del Zotto is a good player. He’s a good offensive player. He couldn’t get ahead of (Roman) Josi, (Shea) Weber, (Seth) Jones and (Ryan) Ellis in the offensive situations,” Poile said Sunday. “We have all these balls in the air. We’ll see what happens.”
added 2:32pm, Nashville release below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The case for trading Michael Del Zotto essentially is this: Alain Vigneault seems to have as much use for the defenseman as John Tortorella did for Chris Kreider.
Seriously, all you hear from the Rangers coach is what Del Zotto doesn’t do, rather than what he does.
The case against trading Del Zotto is essentially this: He alone among the team’s defensemen is capable of handling top-three minutes on either side if injury strikes McDonagh, Dan Girardi or Marc Staal.
The case for giving away Del Zotto cannot be made.
By the way, one NHL general manager talking to Slap Shots last week about Dubinsky said this: “Dubinsky and [Ryan] Callahan … they were the identity of the Rangers.”
Now the identity of the Rangers is Null and Void.
read on for Team USA talk...
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have spoken to the Rangers several times in the last six weeks about defenceman Michael Del Zotto but aren't alone in their pursuit. The Leafs and Shark have held talks and a report in the New York Post says Colorado has shown interest as well.
Sources say if the Senators are to close a deal for the 23-year-old Del Zotto, who many believe is on the verge of being moved with GM Glen Sather desperate to make a trade, the asking price has to change.
It's believed the Rangers have been demanding blueliner Marc Methot in return for Delo Zotto. That isn't going to happen but the Senators may be willing to exchange Patrick Wiercioch, who was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Friday and has upside potential.
"Del Zotto's value has gone down," said a league executive Friday. "He hasn't shown any consistency and he's not worth nearly as much as he may have been earlier in the season."
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
As the holiday roster freeze lifts hours after the completion of Friday night’s match here against the Capitals, the most immediate pertinent question concerning the Rangers is how much longer Michael Del Zotto will wear the Blueshirt?
Management has all but settled on dealing the erratic 23-year-old defenseman, who will play in his ninth straight game on Friday since sitting out the Dec. 7 match against the Devils in which Marc Staal was concussed.
General manager Glen Sather has been seeking for a top-four defenseman (and preferably a right-handed shot) as the return for Del Zotto, but that doesn’t appear to be realistic given his ongoing struggles.
It will be up to Sather and his staff to determine whether the club is best served by taking the best available offer — Toronto and Ottawa have had interest, and Colorado is believed intrigued, with the Maple Leafs perhaps willing to part with risk/reward defenseman Jake Gardiner, who had an adventurous night at the Garden on Monday — or whether to continue to hold out for more, even when doing so might yield diminishing returns.
The NHL's holiday roster freeze may be in effect, but the Ottawa Sun's intrepid Bruce Garrioch reports that the trade market steadily simmers along:
Nobody has been described as more desperate to make a deal than the New York Rangers. The club is on a nine-game homestand and has only one victory in seven games and that could mean a trade not long after the roster freeze is lifted at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 28.
League executives say Rangers GM Glen Sather has been working the phones trying to move several players — including blueliners Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi — in an attempt to try get his struggling club on track.
While Del Zotto has been the one the club has shopped heavily, the Rangers also need to sign Girardi, a UFA on July 1, so they may be starting to see what they can get in case they can’t sign him.
Garrioch continues at extended length...
First a little note about the lack of posting last night. I was the victim of a surprise birthday party and was told, no work all play.
So instead of doing what I was supposed to do last night, I sit here at 5:00am to catch-up.
There was no penalty on the play and no update on Neal post-game.
Tempers were getting a little high last night too, watch below as Matt Cooke does some back and forth chirping with the Rangers.
The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 in a close checking game.
The refs let the boys play and play they did. Both teams gave it their best but the Rangers were a little better tonight.
Here’s the game-winning goal by Michael Del Zotto.
added 10:22pm, Game highlights via CBC can be viewed below…
NEW YORK—New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto and Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky have been fined $2,500 apiece, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for their respective actions during an altercation in NHL Game No. 553 in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday, Dec.30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 19:52 of the third period. Del Zotto was assessed a minor penalty for high sticking. Kopecky was assessed a match penalty.
from Brian McNair of the News Durham Region,
Emotions were running high as the Oshawa Generals parted ways with John Tavares and Michael Del Zotto during a Friday press conference at the General Motors Centre.
Del Zotto, a surprise addition to the blockbuster deal with the London Knights completed the night before, was particularly outward in his emotions, with tears visible in his eyes from the outset and spilling over at one point.
Tavares, long rumoured to be headed west, was better able to contain his feelings, but looked as though he had little sleep and was much more subdued than usual.