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Rangers Deal Del Zotto For Preds Defenseman Kevin Klein

Well, this was inevitable – it was just a matter of what the Blueshirts could get in return. Seems MDZ was in AV’s dog house from Day 1 and, despite Vigneault’s willingness to play a more offensive style which should’ve benefit Del Zotto, he could never get himself out. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see him bounce back as a 30-40 point blueliner & a power play asset depending on where Nashville slots him with Weber & Josi there already. As for Klein, he’s the right-handed stick the Rangers wanted & can eat up 18-20 defensively responsible minutes if needed. He’s not gonna bring any scoring, but he’s gonna bang & block shots in front of Hank without any risk. A safe move that brought a blue collar guy who should give the Blueshirts a boost in their own zone.