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Del Zotto determined to prove doubters wrong

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 8:34 PM / News

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Del Zotto determined to prove doubters wrong
Free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto is looking for a job, not only to continue his NHL career.

Free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto is looking for a job, not only to continue his NHL career.

"I'm just waiting for the right opportunity to prove myself again, and prove everyone who's doubted me wrong," the 24-year-old told Sportsnet on Thursday.

Del Zotto finished last season with the Nashville Predators after being traded by the New York Rangers. In Nashville, he was scratched from four of the final five games and finished with one goal and four assists in 25 games.

His total of 16 points was well off his career-high 41 of two seasons back.

"The whole season overall wasn't how I wanted it to be," Del Zotto told writer Luke Fox. "It was unfortunate losing your confidence early. It's a confidence game, so I'm just trying to get it back this summer.

"I know what I can do and can provide a team. I've done it in the past; I'm just trying to get there again."

Nashville did not extend a qualifying offer to Del Zotto, making the five-season veteran an unrestricted free agent. He said teams have expressed an interest, but he remains unsigned almost a month into free agency.

"It's motivating. This summer is the hardest I've ever worked," he said. "... I've shown I can play both ends of the ice. Obviously the strength of my game is the offensive side, so putting up numbers for me is going to be key. Just trying to find the best fit for me to come in and play my game."

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