The Philadelphia Flyers have successfully signed free agent Michael Del Zotto to a one year, $1.3m contract.
The signing comes just a day after veteran defenceman Kimmo Timonen was hospitalized in Finland with multiple blood clots. The 39 year old was given a contract extension with the team in early June.
The status on Timonen's return this season is unknown at this point. He’s an incredible player and has been a key part to the Flyer’s success for many years and it would be a great shame to see him ruled out for an extended period.
Del Zotto's signing will provide the Flyers with some more depth in the defensive end and it is surprising that no other teams were interested in acquiring him.
Michael Del Zotto had a rough year with the Rangers last season, finishing with just 11 points to his name. However, his career statistics overall are far more impressive. The 24 year old has accumulated 121 points in 292 games with the New York Rangers. This guy has tremendous potential and will certainly be a valuable asset to the Flyers this season.
He plays the game with a high degree of intensity, has explosive speed and isn’t afraid to shoot from any position. Michael Del Zotto still has plenty to learn and struggles to find consistency within parts of his game. He’s far too wreckless at times with his hitting and is building a reputation for being too lazy in his own end. However, I’m confident that this young kid will correct some of his mistakes under the leadership of Flyer’s head Coach Craig Berube
Berube will be tough on Michael Del Zotto in order to ensure that his mistakes aren’t repeated. This tough love tactic will surely help the player, and the Flyers, succeed moving forward.
It will be interesting to see what line Berube puts Del Zotto on. A parternship with recently acquired nick Schultz or Mark Streit would be best in my opinion and it's likely Michael Del Zotto will spend most of the season rotating between the third and fourth line. He also should get the opportunity to play on the second powerplay and penalty kill units as well.
Regardless, Michael Del Zotto could well be set for a breakout year this season. And at a price tag of $1.3m, this is a heck of a bargain for the Flyers that will only strengthen the team.