Michael Del Zotto

NEWS: Michael Del Zotto traded to Nashville for Kevin Klein

1:47PM: The Rangers have traded Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators. (Renaud Lavoie and Bob McKenzie)

The Rangers have acquired Kevin Klein from Nashville for Del Zotto. (Darren Dreger)


Klein, 29, is signed for FOUR MORE seasons at $2.9 million.

Klein is 6-1, 199lbs a RIGHT HANDED SHOT and averaging 18:48 per game this season. He averages 2:11 on the PK per game.

  • “Rangers have been looking for a right shot d-man for awhile. Vigneault’s influence also a factor from Canuck days facing the Preds.” (Darren Dreger)
  • “NYR get reliable RS defender in Klein, with attractive cost certainty ($2.9M per thru to2018). Also, insulation if Girardi goes to UFA.” (Bob McKenzie)
  • “AV would have an appreciation for Klein from his days coaching against him in the West. Should be a good, steady fit on right side for NYR. With the move, this also allows John Moore to go back to his natural left side. Just a better fit with Klein now there on the right” (Pierre LeBrun)
  • I’m told from NYR that that Klein adds more balance to their Blueline & slots their D in more natural positions. (Kevin Weekes)

Del Zotto is an RFA at the end of the season and has a cap hit of $2.55 million. He is averaging 17:44 per game.

Predators GM David Poile says in a release, ““Michael gives us another young, gifted left-handed shooting defenseman with significant offensive upside. We look forward to his presence on our already talented young blue line, further balancing our defensive corps.”

THIS SECTION is all about Del Zotto rumors.

Adam Rotter: It was only a matter of time before Del Zotto was traded and the Rangers acquire a right-handed defenseman who is a veteran and under contract for a while. Del Zotto was expected to be a big part of Alain Vigneault’s offensive system and while he struggled with that he also struggled in his own zone and ultimately it became clear that whether the team was able to trade Del Zotto this season or not, he wasn’t going to be part of the Rangers future. The Rangers couldn’t keep waiting on Del Zotto to reach his potential. He was regressing and they had to make a move when they could still get something that they felt could help. I have no ill will towards Del Zotto, unlike many fans who despise him, and I hope he gets back to being an effective player again, it just didn’t seem like that was going to happen with the Rangers.

In the short-term I think this is a deal that works for the Rangers, gives them a steady defenseman and a plan to replace Anton Stralman if he gets to UFA or wants too much money. I don’t think this is the return that many were expecting, I thought it would be more of a Jake Gardiner type of high-upside/inconsistent defenseman, but instead the Rangers get what seems like a quiet and reliable defenseman who can kill penalties, eat minutes and make a positive impact. He doesn’t have tremendous upside, but if he can just be a solid player for the Rangers it will be a good move.

NEW YORK, January 22, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Kevin Klein from Nashville in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
Klein, 29, has registered one goal and two assists in 47 games with the Nashville Predators this season. He currently ranks second on the Predators with 94 blocked shots, and ranks second among team defensemen with 75 hits. His 94 blocked shots are also tied for 22nd in the NHL overall. Klein was credited with 20 blocked shots in a four-game span beginning on October 17 against Los Angeles, and ending with a season-high, seven blocked shots on October 22 at Minnesota. He also skated in his 400th career game on January 11 against Ottawa.
The 6-1, 200-pounder has skated in 403 career regular season contests over nine seasons with Nashville, registering 16 goals and 66 assists for 82 points, along with 110 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in assists (17) and points (21), and tied his career-high in goals (four) while skating in 66 games during the 2011-12 season. Klein ranked third among Nashville defensemen in assists and points that season. He made his NHL debut on December 3, 2005 against Philadelphia, and registered his first career point with a goal on January 26, 2007 at Chicago.
In post-season action, Klein has registered three goals and six assists, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in 28 career playoff contests. He established post-season career-highs in goals (two) and points (four), and tied his career-high in assists (two) during the 2012 playoffs. He tied for first among Nashville defensemen and fourth on the team overall in goals and points that post-season.
The Kitchener, Ontario native was originally selected by the Nashville Predators as a second round choice, 37th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Del Zotto, 23, has registered two goals and nine assists in 42 games this season. He was originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 20th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.




47 comments
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

"In the short-term I think this is a deal that works for the Rangers, gives them a steady defenseman and a plan to replace Anton Stralman if he gets to UFA or wants too much money. "

Adam,

you need to also include Girardi as well. I believe this move could be a prelude to other trades or security if either Stralman and/or Girardi leave.

Ronnie Sturm
Ronnie Sturm

Think the Rangers made an improvement on D

Chris Stone
Chris Stone

great move to dump him finally. Some fans wanted a dozen hockey pucks, we got a little more than that for him!

Danz Lynch
Danz Lynch

Solid move for the New York Rangers. Good job moving him, and taking back good hard-hitting defenseman with the toughness and the skating ability to allow this team to go forward.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

So you don't know who Kline is but your saying its a bad trade. Some logic you have there. It's a good trade for both sides. Kline will be great in ny

Mikey Tauber
Mikey Tauber

With all the trade rumors of MDZ going to Ottawa, or the Aves, or Sharks I said whenever there is alot of trade rumor saying slats is sending this guy there and scouts are watching and bla bla, it never happens. Most of Sathers trades are random and nobody has any information about them. Except the nash trade as that wasn't sather trading away a player but going for a player that basically said he wanted to go to new york.  

Joseph Isola
Joseph Isola

maybe this adds some toughness to the team

jqstave
jqstave

Who's going to be last off the ice now?

Matthew Loewenstein
Matthew Loewenstein

Del Zotto struggled last year as well. Best for him, best for the team. Wish him well...hope Klein can help the D. Its the Achilles heel of this team as far as I'm concerned. Its not the D of two yrs ago.

Danny Maloney
Danny Maloney

Mcd - Girardi

Staal - Stralman

Moore - Klein

Absolutely love it.  Plus Klein will eat PK minutes so they can give Girardi more even strength time.  This should work out for both teams, its even better if Rangers can retain Girardi/Stralman somehow. 

Andrew R Szymanski
Andrew R Szymanski

This move could really benefit the NYR. Del Z wasn't working and now we have a poor mans girardi. Good move.

Branwen Meredith Vadala
Branwen Meredith Vadala

Very good move for the Rangers. Good luck to Del Z, I'm just glad he's no longer a Ranger! He's been living on first season hype for far too long.

7b7c
7b7c

Btw anyone who thinks DZ was a good player doesn't watch the games.

Tim Calligan
Tim Calligan

Some guys just can't play in NY. DZ was one of them

Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin

tough to give up on MDZ-anyways, welcome to NY, KK.

7b7c
7b7c

YES.

DZ is soft, afraid, and won't get any better than he is now. Not a good enough skater and suffers from perpetual confidence issues. He should've been moved in the Nash deal instead of Dubi. Now we have 3 righties and 3 lefties on defense. 

Excellent move.DZ was a stiff.

Jamey Schwartz
Jamey Schwartz

Idk about this. Dz was a good YOUNG defenseman. He would have come around. Sorry to see him go. Wish him luck in Nashville.

John Marino
John Marino

AV didnt seem to like his game and he had become the whipping boy for Ranger fans this may be a good move for both sides

Jennifer Belford
Jennifer Belford

Nice guy but contributed "zip" to the team. I wish him well.

Michael Vecchio
Michael Vecchio

Horrible trade !!!!!! Who is Kevin Kline ???, could of done better than that !!!

Eugene W Fullerton
Eugene W Fullerton

wtf Sather, i mean you had a young prospect, and i know he would have cost money as a restricted free agent, but you could have not gotten a pick in the trade as well.  i am so heated because all i see is this guy is INCONSISTENT.  was MDZ the same or am i mistaken.  so we made a trade to get another inconsistent RIGHT handed blue liner.  i am beside myself with this trade, and have little to say other than i want you out Sather.  this team has done nothing in your decade of running it, and all the high value talent you signed was CRAP. 

Mike Giarraputo
Mike Giarraputo

47 games this year...Klein has 3pts and is a -11...great move

cunny
cunny

I like the move, competent right handed dman for our 3rd pair, and can slide up to the top 4 if we need him.

sithlord
sithlord

Should have just held onto Del Zotto.  Pointless move.

Alex Agnew
Alex Agnew

Loved his work in a Fish called Wanda...not sure what he offers our blue line though.

Mike Giarraputo
Mike Giarraputo

thats really all we could get for del zotto? I would've rather held onto him and traded him as part of a package in a bigger deal.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Do some research on Klein before you bashed the trade. Rangers got a very solid D-man who adds much needed toughness and minutes to the blue line. Klein will only make $2.9m over each of the next 4 years, while Del Zotto will make much more than that and not be as effective as Kline. Just give Kline one month and I bet you will love this guy.

C. A. TumminiaⓋ
C. A. TumminiaⓋ

@Eugene W Fullerton You think you could have gotten more than an inconsistent defenseman with upside but in need of a change of scenery in exchange for an inconsistent defenseman with upside but in need of a change of scenery? Be realistic. 

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Mike Giarraputo Don't look at the past stats. Just watch him play and before valentines day, you are going to love this guys blue collar style of play.

Mike Giarraputo
Mike Giarraputo

also has only one year in the NHL where he wasn't a negative +/-

Brendan
Brendan

@sithlord if they're equal, DZ would've been looking for more money this offseason, whereas this guy is signed for the same amount of money for 4 more years...plus the right handed shot is a bonus

cunny
cunny

@Mike Giarraputo Nashville is bad this year, and never score many goals anyway. If you're gonna come to the argument with +/- numbers you'll need to bring a whole lot more context than that.

sithlord
sithlord

@Brendan Johnson @sithlord 


Del Zotto has a 37 and a 41 point season under his belt and is 6 years younger.  Klein has one 20+ point season.  They aren't equal and I understand Del Zotto's market value is low right now, but that is just bad asset management.