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August 7, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Seeking help for their defense, the Flyers agreed to terms Tuesday with veteran free agent Michael Del Zotto on a one-year deal. The team announced earlier in the day that defenseman Kimmo Timonen was hospitalized in Finland with blood clots in his lungs and his leg. Del Zotto, 24, had a goal and four assists in 25 games for Nashville last season after notching two goals and nine assists in 42 games for the New York Rangers. Del Zotto had 26 goals and 95 assists in 292 games over five seasons with New York.
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July 17, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IT TURNS out an arbitration hearing won't be necessary after all when it comes to Michael Del Zotto and the Flyers. Just five days before the 25-year-old defenseman was scheduled to have his salary-arbitration hearing, the two parties agreed on a reported two-year contract worth $7.75 million, $3.875 million against the cap per year. This leaves the Flyers with around $360,000 in cap space, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Signing Del Zotto, a veteran of six NHL seasons, was always on offseason priority for Hextall.
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December 30, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Mark Streit is expected to return to the Flyers' lineup Wednesday in San Jose, but another defenseman, Michael Del Zotto, seems iffy after he had to leave Monday practice early. Del Zotto, who sat out an inartistic 4-2 loss Sunday in Anaheim because of an undisclosed upper-body injury, is still listed as day-to-day. Injured in the Flyers' 4-3 win over St. Louis on Dec. 21, Del Zotto left the ice during his second drill Monday after taking a pass "that kind of gave me a lot of discomfort and pain.
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February 27, 2012
The Rick Nash saga seems to be going down to the wire. The Columbus Blue Jackets' front office Sunday mulled over offers for the elite power winger, who still could be dealt by Monday's 3 p.m. deadline. There also is the strong possibility that the Blue Jackets will hold out in the hope of getting better offers at the June entry draft. Columbus was said to be adamant about obtaining players who the Rangers deemed untouchable: center Derek Stepan or No. 1 prospect Chris Kreider, a power forward at Boston College, as well as defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto.
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March 21, 2013
Michael Del Zotto scored a shorthanded goal and set up Rick Nash's game-winner to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in Newark. Carl Hagelin also scored and Henrik Lundqvist had 29 saves as the Rangers won their second game in two nights after a three-game losing streak. New York moved into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the cutoff point for the playoffs. Travis Zajac and Anton Volchenkov scored for New Jersey, which lost its third in a row (0-2-1)
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March 4, 2015
Here are some of the ramifications of the Flyers' trades that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay and Kimmo Timonen to Chicago: The Flyers now have five picks in the first three rounds of the deep June draft: two in the first round, one in the second, and three in the third. They also have two selections in the fourth round, and one in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. Defenseman Radko Gudas, acquired from Tampa Bay as part of the Coburn trade, was teammates with Jake Voracek on the Czech Republic Olympic team last year.
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July 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have hired a coach with NHL experience to guide the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The team announced Monday that Scott Gordon, 52, will coach the Phantoms, replacing Terry Murray, who is now an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres. Gordon is looking forward to working with the team's prospects. "It's really exciting," Gordon said in a conference call with reporters. He served as an assistant for three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-14.
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
This time, there was no Lou Nolan lecture, no flying bracelets, no futile power play. Two nights after about 100 fans littered the ice with bracelets during a one-sided Washington victory - and caught flak from public-address announcer Nolan - the Flyers rebounded Wednesday and staved off elimination. Getting goals from defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald, the Flyers outlasted the relentless Capitals, 2-1, at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center. Washington has a three-games-to-one lead in the opening-round playoff series.
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December 29, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Defenseman Michael Del Zotto was sidelined by an undisclosed upper-body injury Sunday in Anaheim, and Brandon Manning took his place in the Flyers' lineup. The injury is not believed to be severe, and Del Zotto is listed as day-to-day. Del Zotto, who has eight points and a minus-8 rating in 34 games, had been paired with Evgeny Medvedev lately. Manning had been a healthy scratch the previous two games. He entered the night with three points and a plus-2 rating in 26 games.
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October 6, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Call it the Tortorella Tirade. The Rangers came out flat in the opening minute against the New Jersey Devils, and coach John Tortorella had seen more than enough. He burned his lone timeout 1:24 in and chewed out his club. The message got through, and visiting New York gutted out a 3-2 victory last night. "We didn't come out ready," captain Chris Drury said. "It was pretty obvious at the start of the game and he let us know. From that point on I thought we responded very well.
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
This time, there was no Lou Nolan lecture, no flying bracelets, no futile power play. Two nights after about 100 fans littered the ice with bracelets during a one-sided Washington victory - and caught flak from public-address announcer Nolan - the Flyers rebounded Wednesday and staved off elimination. Getting goals from defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald, the Flyers outlasted the relentless Capitals, 2-1, at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center. Washington has a three-games-to-one lead in the opening-round playoff series.
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April 4, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald is a rarity: A professional athlete who admits he became weighed down by a hefty contract and trying to prove the deal was justified. The weight of his six-year, $30-million deal became so heavy that he wasn't himself last season. The harder he tried, the more he turned the puck over. His confidence started to vanish. It could have disappeared altogether when he was sent to the minors at the start of this NHL season. MacDonald became the highest-paid player in the AHL. But instead of sulking at the demotion, MacDonald got his game in order, playing alongside his Phantoms defensive partner, Shayne Gostisbehere.
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March 4, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
IT WILL BE interesting to see whether Connor McDavid can make an unlikely climb back into Calder Trophy contention. The Edmonton star missed 37 games with a broken collarbone suffered against the Flyers after a collision into the boards with defensemen Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto. The play wasn't dirty, but it was unfortunate. McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick last June, has played in only two full months, October and February. He was the rookie of the month each time.
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February 16, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - After being promoted from Lehigh Valley for the second time this season, defenseman Andrew MacDonald returned to the Flyers' lineup Sunday night against the New York Rangers. This time, he could stay there for a while. With Michael Del Zotto sidelined for several weeks (or longer) with an apparent wrist injury, MacDonald figures to get lots of playing time. He was paired Sunday with rookie phenom Shayne Gostisbehere, who was his partner for 14 games with the Phantoms before "Ghost" was recalled Nov. 14. "It's good any time you have familiarity with your partner," MacDonald said before the game at Madison Square Garden.
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February 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere earned an NHL and team record Saturday, but he thought it was a bittersweet afternoon. His team lost a point to a playoff challenger, and he lost a defensive partner during a 2-1 overtime defeat to the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center. Adam Henrique's power-play goal with 2 minutes, 2 seconds left in overtime earned two points for the Devils. Gostisbehere's power-play goal in the third period gave him points in 11 consecutive games, an NHL record for a rookie defenseman.
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February 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday's loss to the New Jersey Devils and will be out indefinitely. "At this point it looks like he is going to be out long term, we don't know for sure yet," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said after the 2-1 overtime defeat at the Wells Fargo Center. When asked whether "long term" meant weeks or months, Hextall said: "I don't know yet. Probably weeks, for sure. " Del Zotto departed for good after suffering his injury with 7 minutes, 30 seconds left in regulation.
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February 11, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THERE SHOULD be gray in his beard. That's the immediate thought when Michael Del Zotto finishes detailing his NHL journey so far, and particularly the leg that has led him here. Worry, doubt, uncertainty, and the cracks in confidence they combined to produce - well, if such things truly did influence the color of one's hair, he might closely resemble the most interesting man in the world by now. But he's still only 25. The beard is all dark brown. Seven-and-a-half years into a hockey career that has been filled with both promise and disappointment, that has wowed and waned at various junctures, the Flyers defenseman finds himself, in the first year of a career-settling, two-year contract, playing a role on ice and off that only a couple of seasons ago would have been unimaginable to anyone, including him. He tries to shut down the best players on the other team.
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February 10, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers, coming off one-goal weekend losses to the Rangers and Washington, will try to rebound Tuesday against the rejuvenated Anaheim Ducks at the Wells Fargo Center. After a miserable 1-7-2 October, Anaheim has been one of the NHL's best teams. The Ducks were on a 24-11-5 run heading into Monday's game in Pittsburgh, the start of a grueling seven-game, 13-day trip that will encompass more than 7,300 miles. The Flyers, after playing three games in four days, had an off day Monday and will try to get their offense back on track against the Ducks.
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February 9, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Less than 24 hours after a crushing home defeat, the Flyers carried a lead for most of Sunday's game against the NHL's best team. But they couldn't hold off mighty Washington. Defenseman Matt Niskanen scored with 14 minutes, 36 seconds left in regulation to spark the Capitals to a hard-earned, 3-2 win at the Verizon Center. The Flyers blew leads in consecutive, 3-2 weekend losses, to the Rangers in a shootout and to the Capitals in regulation. "It's disappointing not to come away with points today . . . but we're playing pretty good hockey," rookie coach Dave Hakstol said after the Flyers' four-game points streak (3-0-1)
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January 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The Flyers finally admitted Wednesday that goalie Steve Mason was injured, and then he went out and practiced, making saves during the morning skate at the Verizon Center. The previous day, coach Dave Hakstol vehemently denied that Mason was injured. A "healthy" Mason did not practice Monday or Tuesday. Welcome to the Flyers' world of releasing - or not releasing - injury reports. "Well, there's different information as you go through a day, but most importantly, we have five [off]
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