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Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
With Kevin Klein traded to the New York Rangers for Michael Del Zotto, Nashville’s defense lost a stay-at-home defenseman that’s been with the team near a decade in exchange for an offensive defenseman who will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Is this a win or a loss for Nashville? Personally, there is definitely more than meets the eye with this trade.
Klein, who was part of the 2003 Entry Draft class for the Predators that also produced Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Alexander Sulzer, is a right-handed shot, a true “defensive defenseman”, and has a contract signed through the 2017-2018 season. Del Zotto, on the other hand, is a left-handed shot, an “offensive defenseman”, and will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Klein’s departure from the Predators gives Nashville a balance on the top four of their blueline with Shea Weber and Seth Jones being right-handed shots and Roman Josi being a left-handed shot.
Balance is crucial for a Nashville team that had initial problems finding balance with Jones. Now with Del Zotto in the mix, that balance is complete. What does that do to Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, and Victor Bartley? Nothing. Nashville’s third defensive pairing will be fluid, but that’s been the case for quite some time with this franchise. Their top four took a big hit with the loss of Ryan Suter, but if Del Zotto can develop as the Predators are hoping he can, Nashville could easily come out on top of this trade. With Predators assistant coach Phil Housley in the mix, it could turn Del Zotto into a dynamic defenseman.
The Predators average age on defense drops to 23.4 years old after the trade, but don’t let the age fool you. Del Zotto has plenty of experience with the New York Rangers and Nashville’s current youthful defensive corp is coming along very well, even though the team isn’t where they intended to be at this point in the season.
Klein’s departure from the Predators, a veteran of over 400 NHL games, will be felt, there’s no question of that. Will Del Zotto shore up Nashville’s blue line. Not initially, no, but he has a chance to be a really key piece of the puzzle for the Predators if he so chooses to be.
Having Weber, Josi, Jones, and possibly Del Zotto locked up long term? That’s a strong defensive top four, in my opinion.
Are the Predators done? On a completely different note, I don’t think that Nashville is finished trading. As most know, once one domino falls, so do the rest. If the Predators are looking to make any more trades, my feeling is they’ll happen sooner rather than later.
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BEST OF MAXIM
On Wednesday afternoon, the New York Rangers traded oft-maligned defenseman Michael Del Zotto to Nashville for defenseman Kevin Klein.
Kevin Who? The Rangers traded a former first-round pick for…Kevin Klein? That’s all they could get?
A fair reaction, to a degree.
Del Zotto is an undeniably talented player, a swift-skating, move-the-puck defenseman who not long ago was...
Well, that came out of nowhere, didn’t it?
During the noon hour today, news broke (via TSN’s Darren Dreger) that the Nashville Predators and New York Rangers had swapped defensemen.
General Manager David Poile and the Preds traded defensive stalwart Kevin Klein to the Rangers in exchange for young and talented Michael Del Zotto. Klein was the second most experienced player on...
Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers have traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein, a 29-year-old right-handed defenseman, has a line of 1-2-3 in 47 games with the Preds. His peripherals aren’t spectacular (44% Corsi, -4.4% relative Corsi, 46.7% O/D St%, 28.0% ToTm%QoC) either.
Comparatively, MDZ had 2-9-11 in 42 games with better puck...
Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto doesn't have to worry about being on the trade block anymore because on Wednesday the Rangers ended the speculation and traded him to Nashville.
The deal, as first reported by Renaud Lavoie, is straight up Del Zotto for Predators defenseman Kevin Klein.
The Nashville Predators have swapped defensemen with the New York Rangers, sending right-handed shooter Kevin Klein to New York in exchange for a lefty in Michael Del Zotto.
The Predators announced the trade Wednesday before heading to Vancouver for a four-game road swing.
''Michael gives us another young, gifted left-handed shooting defenseman with significant offensive...
The Predators have traded Kevin Klein in exchange for Michael Del Zotto. Here's our story...
Michael Del Zotto’s tenure with the Rangers, which began with so much promise as a 19-year-old rookie after he was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft, ended on Wednesday as he was traded to the Nashville Predators for veteran defenseman Kevin Klein.
Klein, 29, is in the first season of a five-year, $14.5 million deal that carries a salary-cap hit of $2.9 million. More importantly...
The Nashville Predators and New York Rangers made a defensive swap Wednesday afternoon, prior to Thursday night's match in Vancouver against the Canucks. Nashville has acquired Michael Del Zotto from New York in exchange for Kevin Klein.
Del Zotto, 23, stands at 6'0", 195 lbs and has 292 career NHL games under his belt. So far this season in 42 games, Del Zotto...
The Rangers finally made the much rumored, discussed and debated deal of Michael Del Zotto, trading him to the Predators for Kevin Klein.
Despite having played better of late, Del Zotto was still in the cross-hairs nightly. Every mistake, real or perceived, by MDZ drew the ire of every Rangers fan. Even a move from the right side back to the left, which corresponded with improved...
The Predators are in British Columbia tonight for a conference battle with the embattled Vancouver Canucks. More changes for Nashville as Predators GM David Poile announced a trade just before the team hopped their charter yesterday, Kevin Klein was traded to New York for Rangerâs defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Now that we have gotten over the initial shock of the trade, and...
Michael Del Zotto is now a Nashville Predator. Photo: Anthony J. Causi, N.Y. Post
The trade winds had been blowing for some time around Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, and they finally blew him right out of the Big Apple. Today, New York dealt their former first-round pick (No. 20, 2008) to the Nashville Predators, in exchange for veteran blueliner Kevin Klein.
Del Zotto is...
Michael Del Zotto has been dealt to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Kevin Klein. Del Zotto fell out of favor with the Rangers fans and coaching staff after struggling mightily out of the gate to start the season.Continue readingThe post Michael Del Zotto Traded to Nashville appeared first on NYR Center Ice Report.
For the second time in a week, David Poile has pulled off a significant trade with the Predators.
On Wednesday, the Nashville general manager sent No. 3 defenseman Kevin Klein -- an important part of Predators teams that advanced to the second round for the 2011 and '12 playoffs -- to the New York Rangers for 23-year-old defenseman Michael Del Zotto, a first-round pick in 2008...
On Wednesday, the Nashville Predators acquired defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the New York Rangers for defenseman Kevin Klein. Del Zotto, 23, in in the final year of his contract with a $2.9M cap hit; he will be a restricted … Continue reading →The post Predators Acquire Michael Del Zotto appeared first on Committed Indians.
Michael Del Zotto traded to the Nashville Predators. #rangers
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