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Mike del Zotto practices with a visor because of nose surgery

Sep 13, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

mikedelzottonose.jpgNose surgeries are a cosmetic procedure in Hollywood, but in hockey, a broken nose is an ugly badge of honor. Just take a look at the often-rearranged snout of Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.

He had a lousy plus/minus (-20) in his rookie season, Mike del Zotto had an impressive offensive season on the New York Rangers blue line, producing nine goals and 28 assists for 37 points. The young defenseman underwent surgery on his nose from an injury he underestimated all the way back in January, according to Ranger Rants.

Del Zotto was wearing a full, clear, plastic visor as a precaution after having nose surgery last week to correct a cartilage problem. In January, Del Zotto recalls lining a player up for a hit along the boards in front of the Rangers’ bench at Madison Square Garden, missing the check but hitting the opponent’s foot and going face-first into the dasher. Del Zotto didn’t think it was broken at the time, though it hurt. It wasn’t until he returned to New York and saw the Rangers’ training staff was the decision made to send him for a CT scan, after which surgery was recommended. The issue is that the cartilage in his nose was pushed to the right. The procedure re-aligned his cartilage properly and also shaved it down a bit.

He probably won’t miss any time, but here’s hoping he eschews the visor for a Rip Hamilton-style schnoz mask. Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

  1. NYRFTW - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    one of the only D on the team worth talking about. This kid is a stud. Not even Brian Leetch was playing in the NHL when he was 19. -20 mostly contributes to the terrible forwards he was playing with last year like Higgins and Kotolik. There were about 20 times or so that he should have had the primary assist but bums like them and Callahan couldn’t finish almost slam dunk type goals. The +/- in his case looks way worse than it was. I don’t consider it a stat until they adjust the broadness of it. Why should the right winger get a + when the left winger took the puck up the boards from his own defensive zone and set the center up for a goal? Why should the LW get a mimus when the center didn’t pick up the extra man standing in front of the net? The stat is to silly to take seriously in it’s current format.

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