Found January 21, 2014 on Kukla's Korner:
from Nick Cole of the Tennessean, (Kevin) Klein laid the wood to Roussel late in the second period of Nashville’s 4-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena, drawing praise from teammates and coaches alike. “It was just a great scrap,” Predators forward Eric Nystrom said. “I’ve been in a few of those, and the bottom line is that that is what takes the most courage in the whole sport. Dropping the gloves and engaging like that for your teammates. … The guys responded really well from that.” The energy the fight infused into the Predators was apparent, as they aggressively finished the second period and were rewarded with a Roman Josi goal with 31 seconds remaining to push their lead to 3-1. “Klein doesn’t fight very often,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “I’ve been here his whole career, and when he does fight, I can’t remember him losing one. I hope that is played on ‘NHL Tonight’ and all those other places so people can take notes.” read on for more on the game an

Preds' Smith excelling after offseason refocus

NASHVILLE -- On a wall in the media room in the bowels of Bridgestone Arena hangs a photo of Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith from his rookie year. Helmetless in the 1970s style, Smith sports a devilish smile, his hair flaring outwards, as he stick-handles around a cone. In the background, the Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara wears his ever-dour expression and an official, bent...

Nashville D Shea Weber peaking with Sochi looming

Predators captain Shea Weber doesn't feel like he's doing anything differently this season. His teammates and coach beg to differ. Nashville coach Barry Trotz says the two-time Norris Trophy finalist is having his best season yet - by far. ''It's not even close,'' Trotz said Tuesday after practice. ''His consistency and his play this year is...

Predators bolster blueline corps with Del Zotto trade

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...

Klein trade risky, but delivers more positives than negatives for Nashville

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...

Preds' West Coast swing could make-or-break playoff chances

One game does not make a trend. Nashville coach Barry Trotz made that point on Monday following his team's much-needed victory over the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena. It was only the Predators' second win in their past six home games (2-3-1 in that span). "I don't know if we have re-established," Trotz said of home-ice advantage. "We've played some...

The Predcast, Season 2 – Ep. 11: Who’s the most tradable asset?

Episode 11 of Season 2 of The Predcast! Join your hosts Kristopher Martel, Dan Bradley, and Chris Link as they discuss the recent week for the Nashville Predators, the Devan Dubnyk trade, if the Predators are done making trades, who is the most tradable asset currently, answer all of your submitted questions, and the always favorite “Five Tough Questions”. Subscribe at iTunes...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

Jan Levine: Michael Del Zotto Traded to Nashville for Kevin Klein

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...
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