Del Zotto said that all he wanted to do was earn a roster spot this season and work from there:
Each day I am trying to get my confidence back, my swagger back, and the coaches have rewarded my with ice time.Del Zotto also told the Daily News that he has gotten much better at reading and reacting to what is happening on the ice rather than force plays that aren't there.
John Tortorella said during the post game show that he sees Del Zotto handling himself much better on and off the ice and being much more ready to play.
Andrew Gross wrote at Ranger Rants that Brad Richards has been mentoring Del Zotto this season and helping him mature as a player.
I wrote it and I'll say it again -- Michael Del Zotto has been more important to the Rangers keeping it together without Staal than anyone.During 24/7, Del Zotto said "Coach Torts is unbelievable. He wears his heart on his sleeve and if you ask any guy in the dressing room the at is what they prefer. He is going to tell you how it is and sometimes he is brutally honest and some days are tough. I wouldn't want it any other way."
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) December 16, 2011