Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 1/22/14
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...
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