Michael Del Zotto undergoes sports hernia surgery


Michael Del Zotto couldn’t resist tweeting the news himself before the Rangers announced it, LOL.

From the Rangers:


New York, June 13, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Michael Del Zotto underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers earlier today at the Riverview Surgical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The expected recovery time is four weeks.

Del Zotto, 22, registered three goals and 18 assists for 21 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 46 games this season. He led all team defensemen in points and assists, ranked third in goals, and ranked fourth on the team overall in assists. He also tied for the team lead with eight power play assists, and fifth with eight power play points. Del Zotto notched his 100th career NHL point with a shorthanded goal, and added an assist for a two-point effort on March 19 at New Jersey. In addition, Del Zotto recorded one goal and one assist in 12 playoff contests, including a goal in a 5-0 win in Game 7 of the Rangers’ first round series against Washington.

The Stouffville, Ontario native was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. Does a sports hernia affect your game signicantly?

    I have no idea how much pain something like that causes.

  2. yes, it can. Adam Graves had it once and played an entire season through it and I remember him telling me how painful it can be.

  3. Well that explains why Del Zaster was skating so poorly and having trouble knocking people off the puck. Good for him for trying to be physical despite the pain.

  4. The Other Peter on

    Does this help identify who asked Sather to fire Tortorella? Surely they have to exist somewhere on the roster. Maybe OJ can help find the real culprits?

  5. Well that explains a few things. I thought he really improved during the first part of the season, then regressed at the end.

    It must have affected his in-game decisions too because I remember some plays that had me scratching my head.

  6. Object lesson?

    When you don’t know what you can’t know, you know nothing re:MDZ!

    And it rally hurts when some meanie shoves his stick in there, which is why injury reports will always remain “cloudy”!

    Carp, has Mess been called to the podium with Leetch yet?

  7. CCCP, harsh, unforgiving, insensitive.

    Off to the gulag with you!
    perhaps digging for oil with your bare hands will make you more charitable! ;)

  8. Leetchhalloffame on

    Henrik should have the sports hernia. He has to lif the whole organ-eye-zation.

  9. This is no big deal, it didn’t stop him from running off to Europe with Zucc about 10 min after Game 5 vs. the Bruins ended. Carp any idea when the injury occurred? I thought MDZ was for a stretch of a couple weeks there playing the best of any Rangers defenseman, and then came that late-season home and home with TOR where he was beyond putrid both nights, and he pretty much stayed that way the rest of the year. I’ve all but had it with this guy but don’t think we can trade him, no guarantees on Staal ever being the same and Sauer is probably done, at least here, since his qualifying is $1.25 mil. I don’t see McIlrath breaking camp with the team, especially if Messier is named coach.

  10. Definitely picked it up in Ibiza when he was with Zucc. Probably the result of too many jagerbombs.

  11. Every time the Rangers announce anything from a hangnail to a cheesy assist, they follow with the player’s biography and a panoply (see Jackie Gleason) of statistics which Ranger fans don’t read because they already know all of it, and the rest don’t read because of ennui.

  12. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I hope mdz has a good recovery. Either way though, I still trade him.

    Not again
    I disagree re mcilrath and messier. I’m pretty sure messier was one of his biggest proponents and pushed hard for us to draft him.

    Reasonably sure regardless of who the coach is mcilrath is given every opportunity this year to make the roster out of camp

  13. Re-post

    Julian Assange and WikiLeaks reveal that Ranger defenseman, Michael DelZotto underwent hernia surgery. Patient confirms via tweet. In response, President Sather, while decrying multiple leaks, reluctantly admits that the surgery took place.

  14. czechthemout!!! on

    To me, MDZ was ruined by Torts. The good news is that he is still young. So I am prepared to cut him some slack. I am sure the injury played a part in his poor play this year but his decision making ability and hockey sense played a bigger part. The hernia could have played a part in his shooting though.

  15. Stranger Nation on

    MDZ has a sports hernia?

    Guess midget tag team wrestling in Ibiza Foam counts as a sport these days.

    In a related report Zucc has a broken jaw

  16. Del Zotto does make some questionable decisions. He is still our highest scoring d-mam. He take the puck up the ice, joins the rush pretty well.

    I am in no big hurry to trade him, but I would consider it.

    remember how much Rozsival sucked when he was here? He is no superstar, but it’s hard to afford a whole team of them.

  17. Czechthemout!!! on


    Blowzie sucked here and he still sucks! He made a ptanted blowzie play yesterday at the blue line which brought back some terrible memories.

    Stanley Cup finals was the top rated program on tv last night! Ratings were on par with the NBA finals. Congrats to NBC sports for taking a chance on this great sport despite the plethora of idiots who try to ruin it .

  18. Matty "SatherShouldHaveKnownBetter"Boy on

    Czech, thanks for the ratings item. That is GREAT news for this great sport.

    Those two teams are doing us proud, too!!

  19. Matty "SatherShouldHaveKnownBetter"Boy on

    Get well, soon, MDZ.

    People, gotta realize what Carpy said above. He is a kid, too. Just 22.

    Glad to hear there was an injury to explain his not so great decisions and play over the last few weeks of the season. He had a good start to the year, looked confident, then something happened. Maybe it was this. Veterans know how to handle injuries. Some kids don’t.

    Trust me, despite his salary, he will be tradeable and there is time. Plenty of teams would want him for the right price. Let’s see how he starts next year.

  20. Was anyone else interviewed this week other than AV ? Eakins was hired and they asked to speak with Ruff but that’s as far as it went, correct?

  21. Matty "SatherShouldHaveKnownBetter"Boy on

    TommyG, I agree with your comments earlier.

    Sather knows he needs to resign the RFA’s. It has to create such bad will to do what he does. As usual, in September, Derek, Mac, and Hags will be twiddling their thumbs worried about resigning. THe same deal over and over again. Not a good way to engender positivity in the locker room.

    In terms of not waiting on dealing with Hank, that can only blow up in his face. Either get a deal done now, like Shero did with Malkin (well before contract expiry) OR know he wont resign. If that’s the case, trade him for some value. These are not hard concepts but they eluded Slather for years. Someone must have told him what to do and he did it with Gabby. Do it again, please. But sign this guy.

    Yes, it’s a business, but show a little love and it can’t hurt.

  22. Czechthemout!!!

    I was thinking the same when Rozi tripped over the blue line and allowed that breakaway. I am not saying I want the guy back, yes he sucks. he did play 30 minutes yesterday and was a plus 1.

  23. Yea ok trade MDZ, 22 year old skiled defenseman, same mindset that crippled this organization forever.

  24. Genius! Let’s trade Del Z at his lowest value! Let’s not even wait for him to recover. WE could probably get a Casey Wellman type player for him at this point…DO IT!

    Did you know you guys are REALLY smart…sometimes!

  25. What if Hank already told Sather he is decided and NOT resigning unless there are drastic changes…starting with the coach?

    To me, that wholly would explain Slats tossing Torts under the bus and give that lame “self life” excuse after the signing the guy for three more years…Why else would Slats budge? What other player carries that weight?

    Should we have traded the goalie instead of firing the coach? Not sure there good reason for either…

  26. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    NYR @ 8:55, if you’re responding to my post, no one’s suggesting to trade MDZ at all. Quite the contrary, the thought is to be calculated. Let him recover, give him some time.

    His value may be low to you and those of us that watched him the last 6 weeks, but most folks don’t watch that closely. To most he’s a 22 year old offensive defenseman with potential.

    Weren’t there some folks who thought Richards played well this season and couldn’t believe mean old Torts would bench him?

  27. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    NYR@9:05, it’s possible. It’s the GM’s job, as he did with Gabby, to get value. If Hank has expressed it, he needs to go.

    I couldn’t see Hank leaving, but anyone around this organization has to know Sather will play hardball with him so he has to play hardball back.

  28. _Should we have traded the goalie instead of firing the coach? Not sure there good reason for either_

    you would rather trade Hank than firing Torts?! WOW…

    i have no more comments.

  29. Matty, not at all directed at you.

    There were people calling to trade him yesterday, before we knew he was injured and needed surgery. I only say his value is low because he is injured and coming off a bad season. I was being sarcastic. Maybe that didn’t come across well…

    And, if Hank is the best goalie in the world (he is, IMO)….it’s a tough call. He obviously wants to win in the worst way and Sather wants him to stay. It just looks like a desperation move by Sather to compromise the coaching staff to appease his franchise player…

  30. your loyalty to Torts clouds your judgement big time. Multiple players wanted him gone. Sather is a moron who has no clue what’s going on with his team. I bet there were problems with Torts well before this past season. Who would be able to stand ANOTHER year of the “process” and “jamless jam” and the eye rolling napoleon behind the bench?

  31. Who are the other players, CCCP?

    Why would would Godfather Glen listen to anyone else? He calls the shots…

  32. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    There have been some great goalies to play for one or two teams and not win the cup. Even if Hank were to leave he’s not guaranteed to win. Ask Iginla, Murray, or Morrow on that. The grass is always greener but it doesn’t mean you will win elsewhere either.

    Hank is a New York Ranger. If he leaves and wins anywhere else it won’t feel the same to him.

    I say he stays, but plays hardball because he has seen what a difficult guy Sather is.

  33. and if Sather calls the shots, why would he listen to _anyone_ at all? Obviously he doesn’t call all of the shots…

    I know as much as you do about what happened… i think, Hank, as he always does, took one for the team and took all of the blame for this on himself.

  34. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Now, that’s an interesting bit of conjecture, CCCP. You never know. Could be true.

  35. CCCP, no.

    HANK CALLS THE SHOTS. Sather is his puppet. At least, it seems that way since nothing has come out…except for Hank’s interview at the end of the season and the fact that we learned Sather re-signed Torts for three more years (not too long ago) before firing him abruptly

  36. Sather signed Richards to 100 years contract, and after just two seasons Richard will most likely be playing on another team next season. Signing contracts means absolutely nothing. A lot of things happen along the way, you know…

    How can you not see that Torts has a troubled personality?

  37. He definitely did. I wish he would have gotten fired before he ran Gaborik out of town. Now, we have no coach and no Slovak sniper…

    But still…He’s a good coach and I’m sure he will continue to put a good competitive team together where ever he winds up…Dallas?

  38. NYR, it seems like a lot of the people who gave Torts a pass for running Gaborik out of town are getting on Henrik or whoever else in the locker room pushed for Torts to be relieved of his duties. What do you think about that? I don’t necessarily like it in either case, but the double standard is totally unfair. That’s part of the business.

  39. oh yeah! he ran gaborik outta town! i totally forgot! a guy who stands up to torts gets canned! great coach, indeed :)

  40. You know what Llatona? You are 100% correct. It is part of the business.

    But, I will say that Torts didn’t get a pass from me. I never liked how the Gaby trade went down. And, I don’t like how the Torts firing went down…

  41. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I love the idiots on here who speak in absolutes and call other posters idiots!!!

    To paraphrase a few idiot posts speaking in absolutes ” no way I trade a 22 year old mdz”.

    “Same type thinking that has ruined this organization over the years”

    Blah blah blah!!!

    No way you trade 22 yr old mdz. Sounds like an absolute statement to me!

    So Nashville wants mdz as part of a deal for Wweber and you guys won’t do it? LMMFAO!!!!

    That you make the no way i trade mdz folks idiots!!!

  42. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Point is, give the people that say I’d trade mdz a little benefit of the doubt that they are not trading him straight up for a 7th round pick and a bag of used pucks.

    And don’t talk in absolutes about not trading him because if he was part of a deal for a very very good player, you would be an idiot not to do it!

  43. Stranger Nation on

    Re Torts firing
    Sather letting players blow in the wind while he hides behind the curtain smoking a cigar and dreaming of becoming a master baiter is a crime. If I’m Hank, no way I sign back up to play for a team run by that buffoon.
    Torts firing is all about Richards and not benching the guy or at least demoting him earlier in the season. Richards was running on empty and Torts was running blind. He lost the room with his handling of the whole mess he created by jockeying for his signing.
    Remember DaveM talking about Richards in mental anguish. Talk about an Emotional Rescue in process. What a byfuglien mess.

  44. NYFan Reading some of your stuff. Do you have any clue as to what going on with this team. very interesting Gertrude

  45. Do the Ranger’s have a new coach yet?

    what is this B.S. I hear about Leetch being named assistant coach if Messier is named head coach?

  46. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Messier for hire!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Well well , trade MDZ …NOT!! why? because we don’t wanna be the old Rangers and trade away our own draft picks . We give ’em a chance . If webber comes around then Id do it but MDZ did play with stamkos and is a real gem. Young gem .No trading him .

    I don’t know about you guys but for me , hiring Messier and Leetch would be super super cool . These guys are OUR guys , let them coach. I trust them.

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