You can listen to Del Zotto's interview, HERE.
12:27PM: Michael Del Zotto was a guest on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 and was asked about the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist.
Del Zotto said, "it's tough seeing them do as well as they are. I am happy for them and have a lot of great friends being there 4 and a half years and a lot of great people throughout the organization but it's tough any time you leave and you see how well they are doing and ultimately you wish you were there. Growing up your goal is to lift the Stanley Cup and seeing how close they are now, they have been playing really well and it showed with getting to the Stanley Cup Final."
On how good this Rangers team is, "We got off to a tough start this season and it was up and down and for me it was up and down and for them it was the same. We knew we could be a good team but it was a matter of finding the right way to play and getting used to a new system and coaching staff and you saw how well they could play in the last stretch of the season. With Hank between the pipes you are in every game and it showed in the playoffs and they will go as far as he takes them and in my opinion he is the best goalie in the league."
On hanging out with Henrik Lundqvist, "He is like a super model with how he walks around and dresses. He is a pretty big deal there. He has been there for I'm not sure how many years but that guy is the back bone of that team and they will do as well as he plays in the Stanley Cup Final and he is an unbelievable goalie and competitor and he will take them as well as he plays."
On playing in NY, "I think that is the best thing about playing there. Very strong fan base and will tell you how they feel about you are playing and when things are going well they are unbelievable and it's such a loud building and when things aren't they are going to let you hear it with the boo birds and something that I got used to pretty quickly there.No matter what happens you can go in the city and no one knows who you are and that is the best part about it. Living in Toronto in the offseason and knowing some of the players here, you really don't have a life and wherever you go people seem to sniff you out and that is the best part of being in NY, you can live your life, you can have a life outside of hockey and have some fun."
When I got traded to Nashville it felt like I was going back to juniors. Very small town, took me five minutes to get to the rink everyday where in NY it was 45 minutes and a much different vibe and feel and a lot o fun."
On being in Nashville, "it's pretty cool. The fans are very passionate, it's a smaller market and they are cheering through the whole game, not like a bigger market where they are hard on you, there is no media. To be honest, when I got traded from NY to Nashville it felt like going back to junior. Such a tight group of guys that we have there, how much fun it was coming to the rink. It was amazing, very different, very small town. Took me five minutes to get to the rink everyday, not like New York where it took 45 minutes to drive to the practice rink, so it was cool and a much different vibe and different feel but a lot of fun."
On East vs West, "it's night and day, it really is. Physically it's so much tougher on you, the travel in the west and the style of play. Each game, being a defenseman, the forecheck from some of the teams, it's tough on your body and they are finishing every check and making it very difficult on you and in the East it's a bit more open style game. I noticed within the first couple of days of being there it's a very different conference."