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Ducks sign Michael Del Zotto to a one year deal

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The defenseman played in 12 games for Anaheim last season.

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The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one year contract worth $700,000, according to TVA Sports Renaud Lavoie.

Del Zotto was originally acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on January 17th for defenseman Luke Schenn and a 6th round draft pick. He proceeded to play 12 games with Anaheim, mostly alongside Cam Fowler. There, he put up three points (0G, 3A) with respectable shot metrics (47.54 CF%, 46.20 SCF%).

Del Zotto was dealt to the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline after his short stint in Anaheim for a 5th round pick, with Murray in essence upgrading the 6th round pick he had previously spent to acquire him.

The 29-year-old former 1st round pick of the New York Rangers has played in parts of 10 NHL seasons with the Rangers, Predators, Flyers, and Canucks with 221 career points (54G, 167A) in 608 games.

Between Korbinian Holzer, Josh Mahura, Jani Hakanpää, and Del Zotto, the Ducks seem to be creating an intense competitive environment for a third pairing defense spot alongside Jacob Larsson.