Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 1/22/14

DALLAS - OCTOBER 14: Defenseman Kevin Klein #8 of the Nashville Predators at American Airlines Center on October 14, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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 the Nashville blueline. Only he and captain Shea Weber had played more than 100 NHL games coming into the season. Del Zotto is a pending restricted free agent. Even if he chooses arbitration, the Predators should be looking at a reasonable price tag considering his production is down this season. The Stouffville, Ontario native can be an offensive force. He was New York’s fifth leading scorer when he posted 41 points in 2010-11. In last year’s lockout-shortened season, he amassed a respectable 21 points in 46 games. This season, however, he’s underachieved with just 11 in 42. He’s a left-handed shot that will h...
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