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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 possession and much higher offensive zone starts (51.1% Corsi, -1.6% relative, 60.3% O/D St%, 27.8% ToTm%QoC). Klein is signed for four more years beyond this one at $2.9 milllion, while Del Zotto was set to be an RFA after the season ends.
Honestly, MDZ didn’t really get a fair shake in New York after his rough sophomore season and really needed a change of scenery. That said, the trade gives the Rangers a much-needed right handed shot on the third pairing to go with John Moore. MDZ was certainly a frustrating player to watch, and Klein will be a reliable –but unspectacular– third pairing guy.
According to Nashville bloggers section303.com, Klein was a huge part of the defense corps in Nashville and will be missed.
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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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 Predators have traded Kevin Klein in exchange for Michael Del Zotto. Here's our story...
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.
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.
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...
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...
Michael Del Zotto traded to the Nashville Predators. #rangers
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) January 22, 2014