Veteran D Del Zotto returns to Ducks on 1-year deal
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Veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto, after a brief break to play for the Stanley Cup-winning St. Louis Blues, returned to the Anaheim Ducks by signing a one-year contract Tuesday.
Financial terms were not released.
Del Zotto, 29, spent a portion of the 2018-19 season with Anaheim, collecting three assists in 12 games before being sent to the Blues for a 2019 sixth-round pick in a trade-deadline deal on Feb. 25. He played in seven regular-season games for St. Louis, collecting three assists in seven games, but did not participate in the playoffs.
Del Zotto, a former first-round draft pick by the New York Rangers in 2008, started last season with the Vancouver Canucks, collecting one goal and three assists in 23 games before he was acquired by Anaheim on Jan. 17 for defenseman Luke Schenn and a seventh-round pick in 2020.
In his 10-year NHL career, Del Zotto has 54 goals and 167 assists (221 points) over 608 games with other stops including the Rangers, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers.
Also joining the Ducks are unrestricted free agent defenseman Chris Wideman and restricted free agent forwards Chase De Leo and Justin Kloos, who were signed to one-year, two-way contracts.
In 25 games last season with the Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers, Wideman, 29, collected two goals and five assists.
De Leo, 23, has failed to score in three NHL games with the Ducks and Winnipeg Jets. Kloos, 25, has not collected a point in two NHL games with the Ducks and Minnesota Wild.