Monday, February 25, 2019

Del Zotto Dealt Again

2019 Season July 1, 2019
To St. Louis Pos GP G/W Points Cap Years Cap
Michael Del Zotto D 35 1 7 $2.25m 0 UFA
To Anaheim Pos GP G/W Points Cap Years Cap
2019 6th Round Draft Pick

It's the second time this season that Michael Del Zotto has been traded and again, it hasn't been for a great return, but the Ducks are in their retooling mode and this was something that has been in the works.  The St. Louis Blues have been hot of late, well within the Central Division playoff race, so they needed a little bit more insurance, NHL-ready type insurance, on the blueline, so they went out and added Del Zotto for a late round pick this summer.

Del Zotto hasn't played a whole lot between Vancouver and Anaheim, as you can see above, so his numbers are less-than-stellar, but he can play the minutes, when called upon and that's what St. Louis is ultimately looking for.

Obviously, John P. couldn't find anything better or he didn't care to dig much deeper at the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft, which meant that Del Zotto stayed on his roster, despite passing in the 2nd round.  I don't think there is going to be many gains here, since he probably will play the same amount of games at the same rate as his previous two stops this season, so John may just be out of luck completely with the veteran defenseman.  John's defense ranks 15th in the pool, even with Del Zotto, but it arguably could have been a bit better.

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