Found September 15, 2012 on Fang Faction:
Edmonton_oilers_v_3a3c

The Nashville Predators announced Saturday afternoon that they have re-signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a 5 year, $14.5 million contract extension. Klein has one year remaining on his current contract. Starting in the 2013-14 season, his newest contract will go into effect.

Read the press release and thoughts after the jump.

Pekka Rinne Mike Ribeiro #63 of the Dallas Stars skates past Kevin Klein #8 of the Nashville Predators to score a goal on Predators goalie Pekka Rinne #35 at the Bridgestone Arena on January 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Here is the press release sent out by the Nashville Predators.


Nashville, Tenn. (September 15, 2012) –
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a five-year, $14.5 million contract that will pay him $3 million in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, and $2.75 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“My family and I love Nashville; the fans, my teammates and the city have been very good to us,” Klein said. “I am excited about being a part of this organization and community well into the future.” 

“Kevin Klein embodies the Predators way – the culture and belief system we have worked hard to create,” Poile said. “He was drafted and developed by the team, has become an integral part of our defensive corps, and is committed to being a part of our long-term success.”

Klein, 27 (12/13/84), recorded career highs in points (4g-17a-21pts) and assists, while tying a career high in goals in 2011-12. He also tied for 24th in the League, and led the Predators, in blocked shots (151); ranked third on the team in average ice time (19:56) and was one of just two NHL defensemen to play more than 35 games and register four or fewer penalty minutes during his fourth full NHL campaign a season ago. The Kitchener, Ont., native has 65 points (12g-53a) in 309 career regular-season games and nine points (3g-6a) in 28 postseason contests, which included four points (2g-2a) during the 2012 postseason, tying him for first among club blueliners.

Nashville’s third selection, 37th overall (second round), in the 2003 Entry Draft held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Klein captured a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships in addition to winning the 2004 Ontario Hockey League championship as a member of the Guelph Storm.


Kevin Klein had an impressive playoff performance last season, especially against the Detroit Red Wings. In that series, Klein had three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in five games. However, it wasn't  his scoring that  allowed him to be remembered in that series, it was his defensive play taking over the injured Hal Gill. 

Klein will be an important part of this potential upcoming season and for the next six seasons. If he continues to play like he did in the Western Conference Quarter Finals, the Predators will look very good with their defensive depth.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Predators sign Kevin Klein to five-year extension

Less than twelve hours before NHL owners plan to lock out the players, the Nashville Predators signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a cap friendly five-year, $14.5 million contract that solidifies another piece of the Preds' blueline for the next six seasons.Klein is entering the final year of a three year contract that has paid him $1.35 million a year and the new deal will run...

Preds not done getting house in order, extend Kevin Klein for five years…

We thought the Nashville Predators were finished getting their house in order before the NHL locks out it’s players at midnight Eastern tonight.We were wrong.Just two days after re-signing restricted free agent Jon Blum and a day after extending forward Gabriel Bourque for two more years, General Manager David Poile and the Predators announced that they’ve locked up blueliner...

Press Release: Klein signed to 5-year extension

Today, the Predators announced D Kevin Klein has been signed to a 5-year, $14.5 million extension...

Predators sign Craig Smith as countdown to the lockout continues

With less than six hours remaining before the NHL owners are expected to lockout the players, the Nashville Predators announced that they have signed forward Craig Smith to a two year contract extension.This season will be the final year of Smith's entry level contract that will pay him $900,000 this year. Here is the full release from the Predators...NASHVILLE PREDATORS SIGN...

Predators sign Klein to 5-year contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a five-year, 14.5 million contract Saturday. The 27-year-old Klein had four goals and 17 assists in 66 regular-season games last season, and added two goals and two assists in 10 playoff games. In 309 career games, he has 12 goals and 53 assists.

Gabriel Bourque signs two-year contract extension with Nashville…

The Nashville Predators have been busy lately. And for good reason. Starting Saturday at 10:59pm Central, the teams and their players won’t be able to have discussions of any kind, let alone contract negotiations.So they’re taking care of that now.Defenseman Jon Blum signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Predators yesterday, 2012 second round pick Colton Sissons inked a three...

With lockout looming, Predators officially assign 22 to Milwaukee…

They re-signed Jon Blum yesterday, they extended Gabriel Bourque today and now the Nashville Predators have taken care of what is thought to be their final loose end before the lockout begins on Saturday night. They’ve sent 22 players to their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.The following players have been assigned to start training camp with the Admirals:Taylor Aronson ...

PRESS RELEASE: Nashville Predators Sign Klein to a 5-Year Contract

From the Nashville Predators: “Nashville, Tenn. (September 15, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a five-year, $14.5 million contract that will pay him $3 million in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, and $2.75 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18. “My family and I love...

Press Release: Predators Assign 22 to AHL

Press Release: The Predators assign 22 players to the Milwaukee Admirals Nashville, Tenn. (September 14, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the(More here)…

Predators communicate with season ticket holders regarding lockout

Nashville Predators season ticket holders received an email from the team regarding the lockout and its effect on the 2012-13 season.Dear STH,Below please find a letter from Predators CEO Jeff Cogen and President Sean Henry in regards to the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and NHLPA. We hope for a quick resolution and look forward to having the Predators back...

Craig Smith inks a 2 year, $4 million extension

The Nashville Predators announced their second signing on Saturday with Craig Smith signing a two-year, $4 million contract extension. With Smith's contract set to expire next offseason, this deal will lock him up until the 2014-15 season. In the two year extension, Smith will receive $2 million each season. Here is the press release sent out by the Nashville Predators. Nashville...

Press Release: Bourque signed to extension

Press Release: Predators sign Bourque to a 2-year extension Nashville, Tenn. (September 14, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has(More here)…

PRESS RELEASE: 22 players sent to Admirals

As the clock is about to strike midnight in the lockout countdown, the Nashville Predators have decided to use their "waiver time" wisely. In this waiver, which you can read all the details here, teams are allowed to send veteran players of the AHL with a two-way contract to have the right to play for their farm team. They won't have to be put on re-entry waivers...

Nashville Predators send email to season ticket holders regarding lockout

The Nashville Predators organization emailed a statement to all season ticket holders regarding the lockout. Read it after the jump. As of today, the NHL and NHLPA have been unable to reach terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”).  The NHL season will not commence until the parties agree upon a successor CBA.  The National Hockey...

Mason voices frustration with Bettman, CBA talks

Chris Mason is unhappy with the ongoing labor negotiations. Also, Pekka Rinne doesn't have any plans -- yet -- of playing overseas during the lockout...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.