Update, 2:20 p.m.:
NYR D Michael Del Zotto underwent surgery for a sports hernia today Recovery estimated at four weeks, team said— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) June 13, 2013
Del Zotto also had hernia surgery back in 2011.
...obviously the reoccurring hernia isn't from carrying the defense.
Michael Del Zotto tweeted that he had a "long morning of surgery" today.
He adds that he will be back in top shape in no time.
While the Rangers had announced surgeries for Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin, there have been no mentions of Del Zotto going under the knife.
...oooooohhhhhhh, no wonder he played so poorly in the playoffs. His mental gaffes obviously had to do with this injury. lol
...in all seriousness, I hope it isn't anything that'll delay his off-season training or keep him out of camp for an extended period of time. This is a huge year for Del Zotto. With his game flatlining, while Moore continues to improve, he could easily find himself on the trade market this year.
...got to hope a change in head coach and power play philosophy will help turn his game around. The skill is there, but mentally he just hasn't been able to put it all together.
Stralman also passed Del Zotto on the depth chart. However, I don't think you can trade DZ until you know Staal is going to be okay.
Anyhow, DZ needs to play the left side exclusively. On the right, he can't use his stick to compensate for his difficulty turning and there's no one to help him out.
If the Rangers have to play a lefty on the wrong side, they might be better-off trying McDonagh or Moore there.
Kevin, are you suggesting his brains are in his balls??? Though he could come around and become a good scoring Dman - he's only 22 I believe, the age most Dmen come into the league but I hope they trade him for some good depth. We should be pretty solid going forward in the D dept. Let him figure it out on another team.
oooooo I get to be the first one to make the obligatory "they couldn't get a bag of pucks for him" comment. yay.
btw they couldn't get a bag of pucks for him.
Edward Infante, Torts could have been the reason, which is why this is a big year for Del Zotto to prove himself under a new coach and hopefully a new offensive philosophy.
I blame Torterella for his regression. He kills his young players confidence. I don't know how McD was able to thrive under him. Second thought, imagine how much better he would have been without Torterella. In all likelihood Sather saved the careers of players such as Kreider and Miller!
The reason he waited so long must be because of his party trip abroad.
MDZ was my favourite player up until he resigned with the Rangers.
The surgery is for a hernia. Lorenzo Araneo, while Del Zotto is just 22, he's been in the league for four years and there's been no progression to his game. Actually you could say his game has regressed.
Just in case you wanted to update the post DZ had surgery for a sports hernia.. Sather made a statement about it. 4 weeks recovery time.
Mac is getting married... its all down hill from here.... haha i kid congrats to him. But, talking about Mac what are we feeling he is getting? I am just going to base it off Staals contract and hope we get him for 5 years at 20 million that would be a steal for us in my opinion. I would also try to get Step on the same contract... in my opinion both of those contracts would be a steal.
Did they announce what the surgery was forother than his tweet? I hatebeing the only DZ supporter haha
Malkin just got re-signed.
Del Zottos season started off just fine. In fact he was leading the Rangers in +/- for some time. I have a feeling DZ' s season started going down hill when he was paired with Stralman. I believe Stralman should have been the 7th D on the team this year. You c.f. would bet that when the Rangers were stuck in their own end for minutes at a time, Stralman and DZ were on the ice. Get rid of Stralman and DZ's game should improve especially with Torterella gone.
@IcyCup He only carries hundreds, ohhhh!
@IcyCup i like, but I don't get it. what am I missing?
@The New York Rangers Blog But what about all the players Torts has helped develop? Is Hags really a top 6 forward in the NHL? Stepan a number 1 center? McD came up under Torts, Cally's first full season was under Torts (look what he's become!), Girardi has played most of his NHL career under Torts. Bottom line, players and coaches have chemistry just like linemates do. While MDZ may have benefited these guys may have been hurt if torts wasnt here...
Yeah I don't know what all the fuss over Del Zotto is about. The kid is only 22 and during this past season he looked like the Rangers best Defenseman. Especially when Staal went down, he picked his game up in a big way. The kid has had issues with confidence at times but that comes with time and games played. Ranger fans are spoiled with McDonagh and Staal. DZ would be a top pairing Defenseman on 1/2 the teams in the league, maybe more. I wouldn't cry if they moved him this summer at some point but only because we're pretty full on the back end. There's help coming from Connecticut too!
@Josh6 Just updated. Thanks!
@Josh6 You know I love McD - hard worker, makes the most of what he's got but he ain't Staal. This guy is pure talent, probalby one of the 3 or 4 best in the league - let's hope his injury doesn't diminish that.
@Josh6 I'd say a little less than Staal with the cap going down. The Staal name is also a pedigree that McD (regardless of his skill/talent) can't compete with. Maybe 3, 3.5/per? Then I think they'll give a shorter term contract to Step a la MDZ. Stepan was a stud this year but he pulled a disappearing act for most of last year and the playoffs. Not sure you can commit to him long term yet, and his representation might agree considering all the cap implications for next year.
@AveryYesBettmanNo very good sir.
@Scott_from_Jersey You said.,,.... ASS.... huh, huh ahuh huh huh.......
@Edward Infante yeah...hate to pile on, but Stralman was very good. Stud??? Well...on this team, yes. I would consider him a solid d-man in NHL.
@Edward Infante Wrong... Stralman was easily our number 3 dman this year, and gave Girardi a run for his money. Girardi had a bad year, and looked like a 7th dman when not playing with Mcdonaugh
Stralman is the most underrated D-Man on the team and has been a stud since last year's playoffs. He plays a physical game, makes smart decisions with the puck and is rarely caught out of position. I couldn't say the same thing for Girardi this playoffs. Bottom line, I think anyone who thinks Stralman is not a solid D-Man either doesn't know hockey or doesn't watch enough of it
@gravey94 Yeah, if his brains are in his balls...
Of course it's all speculation on how a player's path has been affected by a Coach. It just seems like Torterella became more derogatory towards his players the last couple of seasons. Probably because of the expectation on winning a championship. The ones who have felt the brunt of Torterella's negativity have been those who have more recently joined. Young players make mistakes and need the support of coaches to mature to their potential not coaches who rip them at every opportunity.
@NYRFan_RF1 He made more errors this season than practically the entire team combined. It was horrible. Yes, at times he looked good, and not so coincidentally they were the games he played with a nasty edge. The problem with Torts, and I've sid this ad nauseum here is that his coaching style causes his players to think too much, and you can't think in this lightning fast game. You have to know your system, and develop good hockey instincts to be successful. When MDZ is hitting he's not thinking and playing well. The right coach could right his ship but I'm in favor of trading him for good depth and letting him figure out his game elsewhere. His age and skills give him good value even if he had a bad season.
Dude I am one of the biggest Staal supporters, and agree he is a top 5 dman when healthy in the NHL. But right now at this point in his career compared to where Staal was at this time their numbers are scary similar. Which is why I give Mac the exact same contract Staal got... 5 years at 3.9
@GiveGartneraCup throw numbers out of the window. just by watching these two play can you see that Stralman has all of the intelligence in his game that DZZZZzzzzz does not.
@Josh6 numbers are deceiving. Staal's play is on another level but he's been injury plagued, and now that is a huge concern - but look, I agree that McD deserves a fat contract. He's been awesome
@AveryYesBettmanNo@Betweentheworlds@AnnoyingJoeYou're obviously very ignorant Avery - the name calling proves that. Yeah, no talent - that's why the organization at both minor and major league level thought he should play at this level 2 yrs.. younger than Staal did, but I suppose that's because they are all retarded as well, and related to DZ. And I suppose the entire coaching staff does not watch Rangers games either or cannot follow the puck given the fact that they kept him on the 1st or 2nd paring all season despite his frequent mental gaffs. Perhaps you think he was sleeping with Torts? Obviously potential and talent had nothing to do with that in your mind. Bro - you know nothing of how GMs think in this league. A rebuilding team will scoop MDZ up in a heartbeat. Here in NY we're on a mission and will not have the patience to guide him through his mental problems, but others will and offer decent return for him - I think wanting him traded is about the only thing you and I will agree upon.
@Betweentheworlds @AnnoyingJoeWTF? Are you retarded, related to Del Zotto or both? Have you watched Ranger games? Are you able to follow the puck? Where is his potential? On paper? It's not been shown on the ice in 3 seasons. The only thing you say that is correct is that DZ is young. He is. He is also the type of over hyped player who's been told too often that he's better than he really is. Maybe he'll come around one day, but no one is gonna pay a lot or trade a lot to find out. That's "real".