Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Michael Del Zotto to One-Year, Two-Way Contract

By Jacob Nitzberg on January 10, 2021 at 2:02 pm
February 11, 2020; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Michael Del Zotto (44) moves the puck ahead of St. Louis Blues left wing Sammy Blais (9) during the first period at Honda Center.
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The competition for playing time on the third pair just got more difficult.

Earlier today, the Blue Jackets bolstered their defensive depth with the signing of Michael Del Zotto to a one-year, two-way contract. Del Zotto, 30, has registered 56-180-236 in 657 NHL games. His contract is worth $700K at the NHL level, and $400K at the AHL level.

He entered the league with the New York Rangers at the age of 19. Since then, he's played for the Predators, Flyers, Canucks, Ducks and Blues. Del Zotto will wear number 15 with the Blue Jackets. The last Blue Jacket to don 15 was Jakob Lilja last season.

"Michael has great vision and puck moving ability and has been every bit as good as we thought he would be when we brought him to camp," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "We think the blue line is a real strength for our team, but you can never have enough good defensemen, particularly in a season like this with so many games in a relatively short period of time, and Michael has fit in very well with our group."