|Assets:||Skates very well, both up and down the ice as well as laterally. Understands the power-play dynamic and is good at making plays as the quarterback. Oozes offensive upside.|
|Flaws:||Needs more work in terms of his defensive-zone coverage, and must utilize his frame more in order to become a better defender. Must also limit his mistakes with the puck.|
|Career Potential:||Offensive defenseman with upside.|
|OHL||Third All-Star Team||2008-09|
|2/28/2013||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|2/23/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/13/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New York Rangers to a two-year contract.|
|10/31/2012||Signed with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers (Switzerland).|
|3/17/2012||Missed 4 games (hip injury).|
|3/09/2012||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|3/04/2012||Missed 1 game (bruised hip).|
|3/02/2012||Bruised hip, day-to-day.|
|12/31/2011||Fined $2,500 by the NHL.|
|2/26/2011||Assigned to Connecticut (AHL).|
|1/31/2011||Recalled from Connecticut (AHL).|
|1/26/2011||Assigned to Connecticut (AHL).|
|1/22/2011||Recalled from Connecticut (AHL).|
|1/03/2011||Assigned to Connecticut (AHL).|
|1/02/2011||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|12/27/2010||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|3/04/2010||Missed 2 games (chest injury).|
|2/14/2010||Chest injury, day-to-day.|
|5/26/2009||Signed by the New York Rangers to an entry-level contract.|
|9/25/2008||Returned to his junior team (Oshawa-OHL).|
|6/20/2008||Drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1st round (20th overall) in 2008.|
Michael Del Zotto tickles the twin in win | 05/14/2013 10:28 AM
NewsMichael Del Zotto scored his first playoff goal of this season Monday.
ImpactIt was a big one, too, as it gave the Rangers a commanding 3-0 lead with just over 14 minutes left in the second period. "We've believed in our club all year," Del Zotto said. "It wasn't the smoothest year for us, but we've had a lot of fun working hard for each other and we've never given up. With the lockout, we knew from day one it was going to be a different year."
Moore's play drops Del Zotto to 2nd PP unit | 05/08/2013 7:30 AM
NewsMichael Del Zotto has been dropped to New York's second power-play unit due to the emergence of John Moore.
The Bergen Record
Impact"It's healthy competition," Del Zotto said. "He's played well since he's come here. I thought the power play was good [Monday]. If you have two good units, it definitely helps spreading out the minutes." The two of them played on the team's third defense pairing in Game 3 Monday night.
Michael Del Zotto lifts Rangers over Devils | 03/19/2013 10:15 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto notched a shorthanded goal and earned an assist to help lead the Rangers to a 3-2 win over New Jersey Tuesday.
ImpactHis last goal came all the way back on Jan. 29 versus Philadelphia. Del Zotto's marker snapped a 20-game goal drought and it opened the scoring in the first period. He also picked up an assist on Rick Nash's game-winning goal in the second. Carl Hagelin had the team's other goal in the win.
Michael Del Zotto to return from LBI Thursday | 02/28/2013 6:51 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto (lower body) will be back in New York's lineup on Thursday night.
ImpactHe sat the past two games with a lower-body injury, but will return to the fold along with Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh. Del Zotto has seven points and a plus-4 rating in 16 games this season.
Del Zotto unsure of status for Thursday | 02/27/2013 3:44 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto (lower body) skated Wednesday but isn't sure if he'll be available for Thursday night's clash with Tampa Bay.
The Bergen Record
ImpactHe said he was making progress from his lower-body injury though. Del Zotto also commented that he thought he would be ready to play Tuesday, but he wasn't able to play against Winnipeg.
Del Zotto, Nash, McDonagh out Tuesday night | 02/26/2013 6:19 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto (lower body), Rick Nash (undisclosed) and Ryan McDonagh (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
Andrew Gross on Twitter
ImpactThe Rangers also announced that Arron Asham (back) will not dress either. Out of the four, only Del Zotto was an option to play Tuesday. Nash skated this morning but appears a few days out, while McDonagh didn't even participate in the morning skate.
Del Zotto, Girardi take part in Tuesday skate | 02/26/2013 5:20 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto (lower body) and Daniel Girardi (ankle) both participated in Tuesday's morning skate.
ESPN New York
ImpactIt's unclear whether either will play Tuesday night against Winnipeg, although if we had to bet we'd put Girardi as the more likely option. Check back closer to game time for an update.
Michael Del Zotto practices Monday | 02/26/2013 10:04 AM
NewsMichael Del Zotto practiced on Monday after missing Saturday's game with a lower-body injury.
The Bergen Record
ImpactThe ailment, which is believed to be a hip issue, doesn't look like it will keep him out of Tuesday's match versus Winnipeg. However, we'll keep him on the sidelines for now until more information comes out of the team's morning skate.
Del Zotto doubtful Saturday v Habs | 02/23/2013 12:55 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto will likely not play Saturday against the Canadiens Saturday due to a hip injury.
New York Newsday
ImpactHe injured his hip and was limping around Thursday night after the game against the Senators. This is the same hip Del Zotto injured last season that caused him to miss four games. If you have a reasonable replacement for Del Zotto, we would insert him into the lineup in the Ranger rearguard's place.
Michael Del Zotto hurt in loss to Senators | 02/22/2013 12:24 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto suffered what appeared to be a hip injury against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
ImpactDel Zotto went to the ice in pain after taking a hard hip check from Marc Methot about halfway through the third period. He had a noticeable limp after the game, but the Rangers had no official word on his injury. We'll let you know as soon as we hear more. The Rangers play in Montreal on Saturday.
Michael Del Zotto leads Rangers in win | 01/29/2013 10:43 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto scored a goal and added an assist for the Rangers in a 2-1 win over Philadelphia Tuesday.
ImpactThe blueliner opened the scoring in the first period with his first of the campaign and later picked up an assist on Ryan Callahan's power play marker in the second frame. In other news, Callahan left the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
Michael Del Zotto inks a two-year deal | 01/13/2013 1:25 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto's new contract with the Rangers is reportedly a two-year/$5.1 million deal.
Steve Zipay on Twitter
ImpactDel Zotto will earn $2.55 million in each of the next two seasons. He was a restricted free agent going into the lockout, but signing this deal prevented him from missing the start of training camp.
Report: Del Zotto re-signs with Rangers | 01/13/2013 10:52 AM
NewsAccording to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Rangers and RFA Michael Del Zotto have reached a contract agreement.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThis is somewhat surprising after it was reported yesterday that the two sides may not reach a deal in time for the blue liner to begin training camp with the Blueshirts. Terms of the deal are not yet available, but we believe McKenzie, who is one of the most trusted reporters in the game.
Discussions continue between Rangers, MDZ | 01/12/2013 5:15 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto's agent doesn't have much to say, merely noting that negotiations "continue" between the two sides.
ImpactOne would assume that the New York Rangers would prefer to get the offensive defenseman up to speed in training camp. He had some minor injury issues overseas after trying to stay sharp in the Swiss league.
Del Zotto contract might not get done soon | 01/12/2013 11:45 AM
NewsThere is a chance that Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers will not agree on a contract to allow the defenseman to participate in training camp on Monday.
ImpactIt looks as if the Rangers think they have made him a fair offer believed to be a two-year, $4.8 million deal and are taking a" take it or leave it" approach. If Del Zotto decides the deal is not a good one (he allegedly wants $3 million per season), he could be a hold out. Stay tuned.
RFA Del Zotto, Rangers in talks | 01/11/2013 2:57 PM
NewsRestricted free agent Michael Del Zotto is in talks with the New York Rangers.
Steve Zipay on Twitter
ImpactDel Zotto is hoping to sign a "fair" deal. He won't be able to join the Rangers for the start of training camp if he doesn't sign soon.
Michael Del Zotto needs deal to attend camp | 01/08/2013 1:53 PM
NewsMichael Del Zotto was on the ice with his Rangers teammates on Monday, but as a restricted free agent he'll need a new contract to join the team for training camp.
The Bergen Record
Impact"We're trying to get a deal that's fair for the team and for myself," said Del Zotto. "I'm ready to start whenever the season is ready or whenever we get the contract done." He played nine games with Rapperswil-Jona in the Swiss League, where he had seven points, before leaving for precautionary reasons because of tenderness in his back.
|Goals||1||3 times-last:at NJ||last:Mar 19||2|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:at Car||last:Apr 25||2|
|Points||2||5 times-last:at Car||last:Apr 25||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||9 times-last:vs. Tor||last:Apr 10||4|
|Plus/Minus||4||vs. Tor||Jan 26||4|
|Power Play Goals||0||46 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Apr 27||1|
|Power Play Points||1||8 times-last:at Car||last:Apr 25||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||at NJ||Mar 19||1|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at NJ||Mar 19||1|
|Shots||6||2 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Mar 21||5|
|Penalty Minutes||36||2011-12 (NYR)|
|Power Play Goals||4||2009-10 (NYR)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2011-12 (NYR)|
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