Our friend Andrea Branca of heshootshescoores.com caught up with Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto in Switzerland to talk about how he is playing for the Lakers, his development, Jason Spezza and More.
Michael Del Zotto, what is your opinion on the game played against Ambri Piotta?
“It was like getting on a roller coaster, but we did some good things. Our second half was very good, and in the third we did well, but we let the game get out of hand there. At a time when we could do something positive, the next change vanificavamo always our efforts and this will hurt. “
Games in Switzerland for a few games … You’ve already got an idea about our league?
“Yes, it is a good league where there is a lot of talent and each player has the opportunity to skate a lot, I really appreciate this as a defender. It’s nice to be here. “
I follow you on Twitter and know that you have many contacts, especially with the people of New York … this is important to you?
“Sure. The reason I joined Twitter is the ability to be in touch with my fans and it’s always nice to read what they have to say. This leads me to be closer to them, and even the fans – who pay to watch us play – this is greatly appreciated. “
Since you’re in Switzerland, which is the event that you have left over in your mind?
“It’s hard to say. There are so many funny guys in our team and it’s always nice to go to the track. Last week we had a great time eating fondue together in the locker room … I had never experienced before and it was really a special moment. “
Last year in the first round of the playoffs with the Rangers have played against the Ottawa Senators of Jason Spezza, but now you’re teammates … As you are together?
“It’s fantastic. Whenever you have the opportunity to play with a player as good as Jason is a privilege. Every time we go on the track trying to play offensive and we have great fun when we can be on the track at the same time. “
Last season on a personal level for you is great, but a little less than the previous one … Do you think the lockout will slow your growth?
“The lockout has an effect on all players who are affected, since the NHL is not currently for there is none. I do not think this is a situation that can be used as an excuse for any reason, we’re here to play in Europe and currently my only aim is to improve and help the team win. I have not, however, never considered the lockout from that point of view. “
Returning to the Rangers this year in New York you have a really strong team, reinforced with players such as Rick Nash … Do you think you might be a candidate for the Stanley Cup?
“Yes, last season we had a good year. We lost some players but others arrived and, as you said, we have added an important piece of our puzzle with the arrival of Rick Nash. If the season will start sooner or later, I think we are a team that can definitely do something important. “
Is not it frustrating not being able to play knowing how big your potential?
“The whole situation in general is frustrating. When these things happen, it is not fun for the players and it is not even for the fans. It’s just a bad time for all of us. “
Is there something you want to say to your fans overseas?
“The only thing I ask them is to be patient. We want to go play in the NHL as much as fans would like, try every day to reach an agreement, but unfortunately it takes a lot of patience. “
Are you in touch with your other teammates?
“To be honest not much. I was a lot until I was in New York, we were to train a little ‘is before the lockout, and in the following period. Now, however, some remained in New York, others have returned home, and others are like me overseas. Let’s say you are working on all of their affairs now, so it’s hard to keep in touch, especially considering how busy they are here in Switzerland. “
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