Read: The Flyers think they know why Michael Del Zotto didn’t work out with the Rangers

Michael Del Zotto Broadway HatFlyers GM Ron Hextall says that Michael Del Zotto “went off the rails” with the Rangers because he came into the league as a 19-year old and then had “money, fame, people wanting to spend time with him and thinking hes’s a big deal.” (CSN Philly, via NY Post)

Hextall says that players are expected to be “pros” in their early 20s but in most cases they are going “through the process” of figuring out how to be a pro. He says that sometimes organziations don’t spend enough time with young players teaching them what is right and wrong. (CSN Philly, via NY Post)

Hextall says that it’s a big adjustment to going from being a junior player to being in a major market like New York or Philadelphia and “these young players have to grow up in a hurry.” (CSN Philly, via NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said during the season that he was told that there was more to Del Zotto than he was seeing.

Del Zotto said that he expects to be booed when he comes to Madison Square Garden.

For more on Del Zotto, CLICK HERE.

 

Read: Michael Del Zotto is looking forward to facing the Rangers (Expects to be booed)

3:22PM: On TSN Radio, Del Zotto said that he expects to be booed when he returns to MSG.

Asked what he expects when he returns to MSG, Del Zotto said “a lot of boos. Excited though, I don’t expect getting a warm welcome when I go back there, being there four and a half years and now being on the other side of the rivalry but excited to go back. Having so many friendships and relationships in the organizations and the city, I am excited to go back and play there and being on the other side of the rivalry.

2:33PM: Michael Del Zotto said today that he is looking forward to facing the Rangers this season (Philly.com) but that wasn’t his sole reason for signing in Philly.

  • The Rangers play the Flyers twice in the preseason, 9/29 and 9/30, and then 3 times in November and then once in February.

He said that he loves how the Flyers are built and he can help their offensive players get the puck. (CSN Philly)

Asked about last season and his time with the Rangers, Del Zotto said that he lost his confidence early on and then didn’t get much ice time after the first week of the year.  (Flyers)

He adds that he had a “great” rookie season, a tough second season and his third season was his best and where he was playing to his capabilities. (CSN Philly)

Del Zotto lost favor with John Tortorella at times because of his inconsistent play and because “management felt he liked the Manhattan lifestyle a bit too much.” (CSN Philly)

He said that this is the most motivated he has ever been in his career. (Flyers)

The Flyers hope that Del Zotto can be like Steve Mason and restart his career after a change in scenery. (CSN Philly)

 

NEWS: Flyers sign Michael Del Zotto to a one-year deal

Michael Del Zotto8:18PM: Craig Berube says that Del Zotto is a “good skater” who can get up the ice, has a lot of skill and PP experience.” (Panaccio)

It’s expected that Del Zotto will be paired with Luke Schenn. (Panaccio)

7:20PM: Del Zotto’s salary/cap hit for this season is $1.3 million. (Dreger)

The Rangers play the Flyers twice in the preseason, 9/29 and 9/30, and 3 times in November and once in February.

7:15PM: The Flyers have signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year deal. (Flyers)

Del Zotto was not qualified by Nashville and became a free agent.

His reputation around the league is not very good right now.

For more on Del Zotto, CLICK HERE.

Read: Michael Del Zotto’s reputation isn’t very good right now

Michael Del Zotto8/5/14 | 6:49PM: Del Zotto is expected to sign with a team today or tomorrow. (Dreger)

8/3/14 | 3:34PM: Michael Del Zotto’s reputation around the NHL is in “tatters” following his time in Nashville.  (NY Post)

Larry Brooks says that this is probably a good time to buy low on Del Zotto and he can’t believe that the Islanders aren’t “all over this.” (NY Post)

He is said to be gaining a reputation of someone who is difficult to coach. (The Hockey News)

Del Zotto is living with Tyler Seguin this summer and working out with Matt Nichol who says that Del Zotto is the first guy in the gym every morning and working hard. (The Hockey News)

Dallas makes sense as a team for Del Zotto because of his relationship with Seguin and their need for a young offensive defenseman. (The Hockey News)

He says that he is working hard this summer to prove everyone wrong after last season. (The Hockey News)

Read: Michael Del Zotto on seeing the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final

Michael Del Zotto3:28PM: This has been updated to reflect Del Zotto’s exact quote about being and playing in Nashville.

You can listen to Del Zotto’s interview, HERE.

12:27PM: Michael Del Zotto was a guest on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 and was asked about the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist.

Del Zotto said, “it’s tough seeing them do as well as they are. I am happy for them and have a lot of great friends being there 4 and a half years and a lot of great people throughout the organization but it’s tough any time you leave and you see how well they are doing and ultimately you wish you were there. Growing up your goal is to lift the Stanley Cup and seeing how close they are now, they have been playing really well and it showed with getting to the Stanley Cup Final.”

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Read: Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for Nashville last night

Michael Del ZottoMichael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch last night when the Predators took on the Canucks.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz said after the game that Del Zotto’s game has slipped and he has gotten away from “making solid decisions, solid plays.” (PHT)

Del Zotto was a minus six in his previous three games and since being traded (18 games) Del Zotto has 0 goals, 3 assists and is a minus five.

Del Zotto is averaging 17:06 per game with Nashville (18:45 with the Rangers) and according to Extra Skater the Predators have 50% of the 5 on 5 shot attempts when Del Zotto is on the ice (51.1% with the Rangers).

Alain Vigneault said that there was more to Del Zotto’s game than he was showing.

The Rangers traded Del Zotto to Nashville for Kevin Klein.

Since being acquired, Klein is playing 15:10 per game (19:48 in Nashville) and according to Extra Skater the Rangers have 50.9% of the 5 on 5 shot attempts when Klein is on the ice, up from 44% in Nashville.