Update, 3:30 p.m.:
Glen Sather discussed the trade during a conference call...
"He's going to fit in our system very well.The coaches know him, know what they are getting, know how he plays" (Rangers Twitter)
"Having player of (Klein's) caliber under contract to 34 makes sense, especially w/the way the market’s going." (Zipay)
On Del Zotto:
"he's had a couple of interesting years...it didn't work out the way we planned." (Gross)
Alain Vigneault added this on Del Zotto:
"Michael was alright, played some good hockey. I was expecting a little more offensively ... Lately he had been better." (Leonard)
Vigneault added that Klein adds some bite.
Klein will wear #8 and will play tomorrow night vs. the Blues.
Here's full Sather audio courtesy of Rangers Report...
...great point by Sather on Klein's contract. With the way they're spiraling out of control Klein is going to look like a bargain in two years.
...the more I'm reading about Klein the more I'm loving this trade. Damn you Sather making me praise you!!!!!!
According to numerous reports the Rangers have traded Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators in exchange for 6-1, 200lb right-handed defenseman Kevin Klein.
The 29-year old Klein, who is in the first year of a five year deal worth $2.9 million per, has just 1g, 2a and is a -11 in 47 games this season.
...welp, we've all been asking for it, so here you go.
...Klein is basically the complete opposite of Del Zotto. A very sound, top four defenseman who will provide zero offense. I'm not sure how I feel about bringing in a 29-year old in the first year of a five year contract, but make no mistake about it, Klein makes the Rangers a much better and harder team defensively. Plus he's right-handed, which is big need on the Rangers blueline.
...as far as Del Zotto goes, it's really sad to see him leave with such unfulfilled expectations. I still wouldn't be shocked if he figured it out somewhere else, but as I said many times on this blog he wasn't going to turn things around in a blueshirt.
...also wonder what bringing in a right-handed defenseman with a number of years left on his contract means for the future of Dan Girardi.
here you go, https://twitter.com/MichaelDelZotto, just in case we all miss him
Its simple really: We removed a liability in exchange for long term stability with an element of much needed toughness. It also makes a guy like John Moore a better fit as he's free to move to his natural position and gains a more sound partner, which should let him take a few more chances offensively.
Its a strong trade for the Rangers IMO. We're in better shape on the blueline now than we were yesterday.
Will Delzotto change his number to 0 in Nashville?
All honesty, he wasn't grooving here lately. Good trade.
I hope this goes as a lesson to the Rangers going forward about bringing guys along too quickly. DZ's career would have greatly benefited from playing 2+ years at the AHL level instead of being forced into an NHL role as a teenager. The jump from juniors to the NHL is huge, especially for Dmen.
I expect DZ to become a legit player at some point, but there's a chance Torts and Sather might have ruined him.
I don't know if Del Zotto becomes a great defenseman or not, but I'm just glad I don't have to deal with the stress of finding out.
"For those who are unfamiliar with his game, Klein is not a risk and plays smart. His penalty killing abilities are on point. On most nights, Klein can log around 18 minutes, even as high as 24 on occasion. When an offensive opportunity presents itself to Klein, he isn't shy in taking advantage of it. Also, his play in the defensive end can be classified as "gritty", but gritty usually means physical. And I woud not classify Klein as physical, but he can be when he feels it is good opportunity to force a turnover.
In my opinion, Klein may be the best 2nd line defenseman in the league."
Reminds me a little of college me (me the real me, not internet-alter-ego-Brad-Park-DPSnotty-me, get me?).
In my dreams.
Boy, I've missed Ranger Hockey as of late and I've missed this blog - ... uh, well not really. Iv'e been hanging out on the big Island of Hawaii the last couple weeks. I love these comment streams and all the various opinions and expressions on this move as DZ has been a charged issue here for a while. Yeah, he's been better but it's hard for me to fathom anyone who does not think this a good move. And just when I was convinced that Slats had the Hockey IQ of a liverwurst sandwich he unloads our biggest liability and makes our team grittier. WTF Slats??? MDZ is still a young guy who could make an impact in his career still but clearly it was not going to be here and this move is the best thing that could possibly happen for him as a player as well as for us as a team. He's a likeable guy from what I've seen with the tools to be very good but at some point you got to say this just ain't working out and cut your losses. some talented kids never get it, some bloom later in their careers but whatever the case he had to go. We all had to move on. so we got about as good a return as we could have hoped to under the circumstances, a solid 3rd pairing defenseman who holds his position well and takes no shit. I'm pleased with the move, and as well I think it sets up the opportunity to move another under performing defenseman if that would serve the team given our existing deficits of power and grit up front as well as scoring from the blue line and PP QB. This feels like the beginning of a series of trades. We're on the fence but lately we've shown we are good enough to build upon, rather than bad enough to blow apart. Should be an interesting month ahead leading to the deadline. LGR
Hmmm,,,I guess the whole 7 GMs who couldn't get it done prior to Neil Smith were terrible too, right?
I made the mistake of reading the comments after the ESPN article discussing the trade. With how some of the rangers fans were talking about MDZ, you would swear he was Paul Coffey or the second coming of Bobby Orr.
Great another human punching bag. Has there been 1...just 1 fight this year the stRangers even won? Seriously? 1 fight?
pinch me....I must be dreaming. I don't even care who we got in return. I know that's ignorant. I don't care. Seriously. I'm frickin' happy right now. There is a God!
P.S. Hey Nashville, hope you like giveaways and smugness....
also very economical cap hit as apposed to MDZ would be going forward
@cb1 Yes, Nashville is taking a gamble they can rehabilitate Del Zotto's career... can happen and for his sake I hope it does... we just ran out of patience... no problem. I wish him well and I wish Klein good luck with us!!!
@DPSnottyOh man that's gold!!!!
So we got a legit #2 pairing dee man from the right side still in his prime and under control for 4 years at a reasonable price for ....... Dam u sather u did it again .
@DPSnotty Wonderful profile... I like that he is dependable... His first responsibility is DEFENSE... which is why they call them "defensemen!" An integral part of any Stanley Cup championship team! He may not be as nasty as Beukobooooom, but he is as dependable as Beak on the blue line.
@Betweentheworlds We are finally "getting it." A couple of trade - I'd even entertain trading Callahan to the Jets for Ladd or Kane in some type of deal....
@pkh33 Yes, pkh.... we have a tendency to OVERREACT!!!
Um mm yes Jmoore..... in both his fights.....He is undefeated with 1 draw...vet hasn't lost a fight in a Rangers uniform
@stRangers fan Frustrating, isn't it? Boyle is our picture boy of how we have fought this year... that is why we need to bring in McGrattan or Bordeleau. I don't want to overdo our need for toughness, but as you imply, we are starting to play old generation "Euro" hockey.
There's different categories ST....Klein is more of a lightweight who can surprise a middleweight. Klein is my kind of fighter...he prefers to just tuck his chin and throw.....bottom line.....its a little more toughness in the line-up....we're just lacking the enforcer ......
They don't call him "stRangers fan the dumb ass" for nothing
@stRangers fan Have you ever watched a hockey game in your life? What a ignorant comment. Stop playing Facebook and come out from under your rock.
@AveryYesBettmanNo Del Zotto was not that bad! He contributed... he just did not live up to expectations, and made a lot of mistakes taking risks... but Nashville is not an idiot team... they are stockpiled with solid D-men... they would not take a shitty defensemen in return for a guy like Klein... we gave up on Del Zotto, he was not that bad!!!
I don't buy that. We weren't saying that two years ago when he had 40 points and scores the game 7 winner against the caps? It's all mental with him. He has the skill but the head isn't there. That my friend u cannot coach.
@JoeyKocur@BetweentheworldsI was thinking the same thing and Cally is the type of guy they seem to be looking for, though his upcoming RFA status and the salary he would command might be a deterrent. . But I'd love to see either of those guys in blue, especially Kane, though his personality makes him a risk and he hasn't shown consistency yet but damn, his strength and skill are to drool for when you have a team lacking in power forwards. I would even consider moving Step though with a Richey buyout likely that would force Sather to try to deal for a 1st or 2nd line center, though we do have Miller and Lindberg in the system. Were going to have to give up something. I'm with you dude
Klein is the same size as Carcillo, around 6'1" and 205. Lower end of middleweight. Bigger than Dorsett for example, a true lightweight.
I like the way he tucks and throws, too, but he lacks balance when he pistons.
Anyway, he's not so much a fighter as a guy who always sticks up for his teammates.
I'm liking the move right now.
DZ not bad? Not sure which games youve been watching. His bad decisions caused a goal against in most gamesthat often became the other teams GWG. He is fucking awful and even worse showed that he was incapable of learning and implementing.
@Lordstanleybroadway Everybody begins with how they think about themselves. "If you think you can or if you think you can't....you are right."
An inspiring Coach with the player's cooperation could change how a player thinks about himself.....check out the inductee acceptance speeches when they enter the Hall. They are acknowledging those who did not give up on them and changed the way the player thought about him or her self. Very few coaches can inspire....very few!
Absolutely correct....heart plays a huge role. You have to be WILLING to punch and get punched.....
Also knowing your opponent...who likes to chuck them(McPhee)....a technical fighter(Langdon)...a big man...who just loads up...fires...loads up again...fires..etc.
All different techniques...different strokes for different folks ya know.
Most of my fights were with guys where fear wasnt an issue.....they were fighters.....but you knew when you tagged him good....and he turns his head...or stops throwing for a second...puts head down....thats when you know you've gained the upper hand.
But then you fight a guy.....and you tagged him with your best....I mean straight to the nose or around the eye....and he doesnt flinch...and keeps throwing....you got a scrap on your hands baby... lol....
@BetweentheworldsIn any kind of performance fear kills confidence and always produces sub par performance whether you are Nash, The King or anyone else. That is why a Coach that can Inspire confidence in his players are the elite coaches in every sport. To identify who those coaches are just listen to the inductee speeches to any of the Halls of Fame. Every thing begins with how a man thinks/feels about himself.
@McPhee37 I was an amateur kick boxer and I'm smaller than all you guys. My instructor at times had me fight at middle and even heavy weight just for the experience of it and a couple things I learned was that size does matter. Technique matters even more but the most important thing is heart. If I sensed fear in my opponent it didn't matter whether he was bigger than me or had better technique, I knew that he was mine. And trust me, I'm no stand up fighter. So I get all this. My comment was just for clarification on weight status being that Klein is within 5 lbs. of the league's average I was curious about your classifying him as a light weight.
Hey Worlds...like I posted above to Freak.....don't just look at size. Brett Gallant...AHL....would destroy Dorsett in a fight....same with Carcillo. Gallant is lsited at around 185lbs....he's luck if he's 180lbs.
Of course size plays a small role. But also technique...upper body strength...stamina....your punching prowess....and the ability to take a punch.
Gallant gave McGrattan a run for money in the post season....he gave up 60-70 pounds to McGrattan. Size does not always indicates "weightclass in the hockey world."
Don't just look at size when thinking in terms of fighters. Yes.....size plays a role....but what matters is technique and fighting prowess. In my day...at 5'10...170-175....came into league at lightweight....very quickly established myself as good middleweight. I fought consistently..with guys 200 +......the more you do it...the more you learn.
You must be a boxer of some kind...you seem to know what you're talking about. Yep, Klein lacks balance.....its because he doesn't to often enough.....if he fought more...the balance and better technique would come.
@stRangers fan @JoeyKocur So what. I don't care if you were Mark Messier. You might know about the Rangers, but you don't know a thing about Kevin Klein. And if you think our team reeks, then why did we make the playoff at least three times, and why have you been so stupid to buy tickets to see this "reeking team?" Save your money!!!