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04-29-2011, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by azrok22 View Post
This Del Zotto hate is really astonishing.

With Staal and McDonagh securing the left spot on the top 2 pairs of our even strength units, we don't need need to rely on Del Zotto for big even strength minutes. That was not the case early in the season -- he started this season as one of our top-4 defenseman.

Del Zotto started this season playing an insane amount of minutes for his age/experience (against Buffalo in the first game: Staal had 23:31, Girardi 22:51, Del Zotto 22:03). By game 4, Del Zotto was playing 25:48 (this was not an overtime game). And it wasn't an anomaly, in game 5 he played 25:47.

If we use Del Zotto as a 3rd pairing even strength defenseman with 1st unit PP times, we have a very valuable asset. Talking about giving up on him and trading him makes me .
I also thought his last game before being sent down (against Carolina) was his best in awhile and he turned it around a little.

I think he'll be fine.

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