Found January 23, 2014 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Derek Dorsett could be a difference maker (Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America) The Rangers faced the toughest possible opponent tonight. When an elite team like the Blues head to town fresh off a mauling they will be conscious of stopping the rot before it starts and will come in with wounded pride. This will be a great benchmark game for the Rangers. Can they go toe to toe with a contender? Can they put behind them their own disappointing game? Tonight’s game is the definition of a character test. Kevin Klein’s arrival meant the end of Michael Del Zotto but does it also signal the end of Anton Stralman? Stralman is reported to be looking for 3 million plus at season’s end, despite being distinctly average for the most of this year. Would the Rangers be willing to lock up what are essentially two third pair guys for what would be 3 million each? Rick Nash’s outrageous recent production has him on course for 30 goals. The media made a big deal about the timing of his return to form and linked it to the Team Canada announcement. Surely it’s much more to do with prolonged health and a return to full fitness? (Finally). In his current form Nash can carry the Rangers very deep in the playoffs if Lundqvist is also on his game. Not many teams have those kind of game changers. More Del Zotto fallout: Obviously more focus will now turn to John Moore. Moore has been so-so all season long. The training wheels now need to come off and Moore needs to produce. Talent (as Del Zotto showed) only counts for so much. Expectation and pressure will be much greater for Moore going forward. With health comes options: When Derek Dorsett gets healthy coach Vigneault will have some real physicality in the line-up. The opportunity to move Dorsett up and down the line-up while Dan Carcillo annoys teams on the fourth line could be a real x-factor for the Rangers. The Rangers increased production and eventual health also means consistency for JT Miller. Barring unforeseen issues Miller should now be left to play out the season with the Wolf Pack. Consistency and ice time are exactly what the talented forward needs right now. Question time: Whose return to form is more critical: Derek Stepan or Ryan Callahan? What should it take to lock-up Cam Talbot? If you could only keep one, who would it be: Boyle or Moore? How many goals will Rick Nash finish the year with? Tweet

Rangers trade Michael Del Zotto to Predators for Kevin Klein

New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather announced Wednesday that the team has traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Kevin Klein. Del Zotto, 23, was drafted in the first round (No. 20) by the Rangers in 2008. He debuted during the 2009-10 season with nine goals and 37 points in 80 games.  Two seasons later...

Rangers’ superstars finally playing like superstars

The Rangers have been waiting for Rick Nash’s offensive explosion If you’re still ignoring the #fancystats movement, you’re missing out on some awesome information that provides a lot of further insight to the game.  But one thing we don’t need advanced stats to tell us is that to succeed in the NHL you A) need good players, and B) need your good players to play well. That...

Game 53: Rebounding against one of the West’s best

Marty Biron sighting (Photo: The Rangers were pretty sloppy on Tuesday, blowing a pair of two-goal leads –that they probably didn’t deserve to have– en route to a 5-3 loss to the Isles. St. Louis is fresh off a 7-1 embarrassment in New Jersey. Suffice it to say, both teams are looking to right their respective ships. The Rangers need the points more than the...

New York Rangers fill holes in acquiring Kevin Klein

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...

Rangers trade Michael Del Zotto to Nashville for Kevin Klein

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...

Michael Del Zotto traded to Predators, Kevin Klein to Rangers

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.

Recap: Blues top Rangers with 3rd-period power-play goal

NEW YORK -- St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, and the Blues got the best of the New York Rangers again in a 2-1 victory on Thursday night. Alexander Steen also had a goal for the Blues before leaving late in the second period with a lower-body injury. David Backes had two assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves...

Nashville acquires D Michael Del Zotto from Rangers

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...

Predators swap D Klein to Rangers for Del Zotto

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...

Shocker! Preds trade Klein to Rangers for Del Zotto

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...

Preds trade Klein to Rangers for Del Zotto

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...

Del Zotto traded to Predators for Klein

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...

Michael Del Zotto Traded to Nashville

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.

Press release: Preds trade Klein to Rangers for Del Zotto

The Predators have traded Kevin Klein in exchange for Michael Del Zotto. Here's our story...

Predators Acquire Michael Del Zotto

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.
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