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.

 

Read: Mats Zuccarello misses Michael Del Zotto

Michael Del ZottoWhen the Rangers traded Michael Del Zotto, Mats Zuccarello lost his closest/best friend on the team but said that he understands that trades are part of being a pro hockey player. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said that he is happy that Del Zotto gets a change of scenery but it’s “sour” to lose a good friend. (Nettavisen)

Del Zotto is spending his Olympic Break with Tyler Seguin and pet lion.

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Stats: Michael Del Zotto’s first game with the Predators

8:45PM: Del Zotto reminds Barry Trotz a bit of Kimmo Timonen from his days in Nashville. (NY Times)

Trotz says that Del Zotto was well coached by his friends John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault and that he may have just needed a change in atmosphere. (NY Times)

1:44PM: In his debut for the Nashville Predators, Michael Del Zotto played 13:15, had one shot on goal, one shot blocked, one hit, one takeaway and two blocked shots.

All of Del Zotto’s ice time came at even strength and he played 5:12 in the first, 4:50 in the second and 3:13 in the third.

According to Extra Skater, Del Zotto was on the ice for 13 shot attempts for, 13 against and 8 shots on goal for and 9 against.

Del Zotto said after the game that he felt great and was put in situations where he can play well. (Tennessean)

Barry Trotz said that Del Zotto had a good compete level, managed the puck well and overall he was happy with his effort. (Tennessean)

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Recap: Nashville GM David Poile on why he acquired Michael Del Zotto

Predators GM David Poile spoke with the media yesterday about the team’s acquisition of Michael Del Zotto:

  • “First, I would like to thank Kevin Klein and his family for all the great years that he gave the Predators. Drafted in 03 and having played over 400 games for the Predators, it’s the hardest part of a managers job when you have worked with these players for so long. Since 03, Klein has gotten married, has two kids and one of his kids was born here in Nashville. He was great in the community and a good player for us on the ice and it’s a difficult day for us. Having said that, today I have traded Kevin Klein to the New York Rangers for Michael Del Zotto. It’s a trade of two defensemen. The reasons why we did this were quite a few. Michael is a left handed defenseman and Klein is a right handed shot. We felt that with drafting Seth Jones and Ryan Ellie getting better and better with every game, this was beginning to be an inevitable situation with our teams in terms of ice time and fit on the right side of Shea Weber, Seth Jones and Ryan Ellis…”

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Buzz: Why Michael Del Zotto wasn’t traded to Ottawa

The Rangers and Senators held several discussions about Michael Del Zotto but the Rangers continued to ask for Marc Methot and a prospect from the Senators AHL team in Binghamtom for Del Zotto. (Ottawa Sun)

Methot is a left shot defenseman who as of yesterday is not happy that he had to miss a game for an injury that he didn’t think was serious enough to keep him out. (Ottawa Sun)

It was reported about a month ago that the Rangers wanted Methot for Del Zotto.

Ottawa, earlier in the year, reportedly offered the Rangers players including Erik Condra, Eric Gryba and Colin Greening.

Bryan Murray and Glen Sather have never made a trade. (Ottawa Sun) Murray, 70, has been the GM in Ottawa since 2007-08, was the GM in Anaheim from 2002 to 2004, Florida from 1996 to 2000, and was the GM in Detroit from 1990 to 1994.

For the entire saga of Del Zotto rumors, which includes all mentions of the Senators, CLICK HERE.