NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers skates during an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Del Zotto to debut tonight, paired with Seth Jones


From Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, ahead of tonight’s Nashville-Vancouver game at Rogers Arena, which will feature the Predators debut of defenseman Michael Del Zotto:

And he’s going to be let loose on a pairing with rookie Seth Jones.

Del Zotto, a 23-year-old with an offensive flair, was acquired yesterday in a trade with the Rangers, in exchange for defensive blue-liner Kevin Klein.

It’s been an up-and-down NHL career for Del Zotto. As New York general manager Glen Sather put it, “he had a couple great years, he had a couple of interesting years here that didn’t work out the way he or we planned.”

With the Predators, it’s hoped the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft can provide a boost for one of the NHL’s lowest-scoring offenses.

“I think Kevin is a very, very good defenseman, very solid defensively defenseman,” said Preds GM David Poile, “but I think Del Zotto is a much different type of a player and he has that offensive upside, he’s already shown that. He’s had a season where he’s had 42 points.”

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

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Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.