Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 9/17/12
Photo Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images As the CBA drew near to its expiration late last week, a flurry of signings around the league came through the home office pipelines and antiquated fax machines as teams tried to re-sign players under the current rules of the now-expired CBA before it was to expire at 11:59pm ET this past Saturday night. Included in those multitude of signings was Predators defenseman Kevin Klein and rookie sensation Craig Smith. Kevin Klein, ofttimes a scapegoat in some fans eyes, has played the best hockey of his career in the past season, registering 4 goals/17 assists last season in 66 games (AND only 4 penalty minutes all year long) before breaking out with 2 goals/2 assists in 10 postseason games as well. Klein’s defensive play throughout the past couple of seasons has easily increased his value while he has quietly remained out of the negative spotlight (which is great for Klein). Being signed to a 5 year, $14.5mil deal is a plus for the Predators and their
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