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12-21-2011, 11:14 PM
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Del Zotto Rebounds With Help From Richards

Chris Botta article on MDZ

Michael Del Zotto has become good friends with Brad Richards

As usual, Michael Del Zotto had dinner at a Manhattan restaurant Wednesday night with Brad Richards. The meal, on the eve of the Rangers’ game against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, has become a ritual for the teammates. They also live in the same downtown apartment building. For Del Zotto, a third-year defenseman, Richards’s guidance is a primary reason he is flourishing after a season so disastrous, he could not even dismiss it as a sophomore slump.

“Ultimately, a player has to fix his own game with the coaches when things go as badly as they did last season,” Del Zotto said after a recent practice. “But Richie’s support at the rink and away from it has made a huge difference.”

James Neal put MDZ in touch with Richards in the summer. Neal and MDZ know each other from Ontario.

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