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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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April 5, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ONE YEAR AGO, Michael Del Zotto began the final week of the season on another non-playoff team in Nashville - and he wasn't even given the chance to play out the string. He was a healthy scratch in four of the Predators' final five games. The Flyers were eliminated from contention last week, yet this feels entirely different. It feels like home. Based on the way December played out for Del Zotto, he wasn't entirely convinced this would be the case. "I wasn't happy. It was no secret," the defenseman said.
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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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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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March 29, 2012
Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto each had a goal and an assist, and the visiting New York Rangers rebounded from a 2-0 deficit and moved to the top of the NHL standings with a 4-2 victory over the fading Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan also scored, and Marian Gaborik added a pair of assists for the Rangers (49-21-7), who lead Pittsburgh by five points in the Eastern Conference. New York is tied with Western Conference-leading St. Louis with 105 points, but the Rangers have the edge because of one more non-shootout victory.
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November 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Lindros and John LeClair were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame on Thursday, and during a stirring, 30-minute ceremony, both said the fans pushed their careers to a higher level. "You guys are awesome," LeClair told the standing fans before a banner with his name and his former linemate's was raised to the rafters. "You didn't accept losing. " LeClair, 45, then thanked the fans for "the continuous energy" they gave him. Lindros, 41, had a similar theme. "Night in and night out, you brought passion to the Wells Fargo Center," he said.
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January 2, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RALEIGH, N.C. - Nick Schultz arrived at training camp in September as an unheralded spare, an insurance policy, should disaster strike the Flyers' blue line. Havoc wreaked quickly, starting when Braydon Coburn went down on Opening Night in Boston. Schultz entered the Flyers' lineup in Game No. 2. Now, after revitalizing his career in the following 36 games, he would like to remain a Flyer next season and beyond. Yesterday marked the first day players skating on 1-year contracts could sign an extension into the 2015-16 season, a new wrinkle in the NHL's 2013 collective bargaining agreement.
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April 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - Being the MVP or the top defenseman on this year's Flyers is rather hollow because the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years. The best defenseman - on a team that doesn't have a true top-pair player - should be Nick Schultz, Michael Del Zotto, or Mark Streit. Schultz emerged after signing as the No. 7 blueliner in July, Del Zotto displayed some eye-popping offense after being an emergency signing in August, and Streit adroitly ran one of the league's best power plays.
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May 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DURING THE winter of discontent, the Flyers' blue line was so crowded that top defenseman Michael Del Zotto was forced to sit behind seven others for all but three games in the month of December. The Flyers have only since added to the logjam, even after jettisoning Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen, with an unavoidable reckoning on the horizon. Yesterday, the Flyers signed Russian defenseman Evgeni Medvedev to a 1-year deal, leaving them with eight defensemen under contract. That number does not include Del Zotto, a restricted free agent Ron Hextall said he intends to re-sign.
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April 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - Being the MVP or the top defenseman on this year's Flyers is rather hollow because the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years. The best defenseman - on a team that doesn't have a true top-pair player - should be Nick Schultz, Michael Del Zotto, or Mark Streit. Schultz emerged after signing as the No. 7 blueliner in July, Del Zotto displayed some eye-popping offense after being an emergency signing in August, and Streit adroitly ran one of the league's best power plays.
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April 5, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ONE YEAR AGO, Michael Del Zotto began the final week of the season on another non-playoff team in Nashville - and he wasn't even given the chance to play out the string. He was a healthy scratch in four of the Predators' final five games. The Flyers were eliminated from contention last week, yet this feels entirely different. It feels like home. Based on the way December played out for Del Zotto, he wasn't entirely convinced this would be the case. "I wasn't happy. It was no secret," the defenseman said.
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April 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn will have abdominal surgery on Thursday but will be ready for the start of training camp, general manager Ron Hextall announced Wednesday before the game in Pittsburgh. Hextall said Schenn, who missed the last four games, had an injury similar to that of R.J. Umberger, who recently underwent an abdominal procedure. Umberger also had hip surgery. Schenn does not have a hip problem. The Flyers have a glaring need for a No. 1 defenseman, but because of salary-cap problems, Hextall said that player would have to come from within the organization.
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March 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CALGARY, Alberta - The Flyers lost another road game Tuesday, but center Nick Cousins couldn't be blamed. Making his NHL debut, Cousins played a solid two-way game as the Flyers fell to Vancouver, 4-1, and suffered their seventh consecutive road defeat. In 10 minutes, 4 seconds of action, Cousins had one shot and won 5 of 6 faceoffs, and nearly gave the Flyers a 2-0 second-period lead, getting denied by goalie Eddie Lack's impressive glove save. "I thought he was very good," coach Craig Berube said of Cousins.
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March 20, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CALGARY - Normally, the return of yet another defenseman to the Flyers' lineup would induce a quiet groan from the stall of Carlo Colaiacovo. Just about every time one has healed up enough to get back on the ice, Colaiacovo would receive a tap on the shoulder, letting him know he's the odd man out. But when Michael Del Zotto returned last night, Colaiacovo beat the numbers game for the first time all season. In fact, he has played so well over the past 2 weeks that he changed the numbers, with Craig Berube opting to go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards last night against the Flames rather than the usual six and 12. Vinny Lecavalier sat instead as a healthy scratch.
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March 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most of the season, Flyers winger R.J. Umberger has seemed slow and out of sync. The reason became clear Saturday. Umberger, 32, will undergo surgery Wednesday on his right hip and abdominal muscles, the Flyers announced. General manager Ron Hextall said that Umberger had two cam lesions in his right hip, and added that it's not unusual for players to play through that type of injury. The Flyers knew about the condition, Hextall said, when they acquired Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick from Columbus last June for Scott Hartnell.
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March 9, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
After Brad Marchand's backhander caromed off Michael Del Zotto's skate and feathered into the net, the man most responsible for the Flyers remaining a possible playoff team skated across the TD Garden ice and stomped down a dark tunnel. Steve Mason was brilliant again Saturday, making 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins that reduced the Flyers' postseason hopes to a pipe dream, and there was a fitting symbolism in the way the Flyers collapsed around him after they had taken a late one-goal lead.
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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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March 4, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS all talk. Until yesterday. We'd heard lots about Ron Hextall's plan and vision for the Flyers over the first 10 months since his promotion - and very little action. Fewer specifics. There was June's lopsided trade of Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger. Then Michael Del Zotto's signing off the scrap heap to try and replace Kimmo Timonen in August. There was Shayne Gostisbehere's strange call-up, 3 weeks after Hextall swore he wouldn't use prospects before they're ready.
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