Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto underwent successful sports hernia surgery on Thursday, and doctors believe he will need four weeks to recover. Del Zotto is the fourth Rangers player to undergo surgery this off-season, joining defenseman John Moore---who had oral surgery to replace/repair six teeth, and forwards Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin---who both had surgery to repair torn labrums in their shoulders.
Thursday's surgery for Del Zotto took place at the Riverview Surgical Center in Philadelphia, and was performed by Dr. William Meyers. The team did not reveal how long Del Zotto played with the sports hernia.
The 22 year-old Del Zotto appeared in 46 of 48 games this past season, scoring three goals and totaling 21 points. He led all Rangers defensemen in assists (18) and points (21), while ranking fourth on the entire team in assists. During the post-season Del Zotto played in all 12 games, where he recorded one goal and one assist.
Del Zotto has played in 250 games with the Rangers through four NHL seasons. The club's first round selection in the 2008 NHL Draft has scored 24 goals and totaled 110 points in that span, including a career-high 41 points in 2011-12.