I'm going to be honest, I don't know all that much about Kevin Klein other than what I read about him yesterday, so I'm not even going to pretend to be an expert on his background, but from the negative reaction I've seen from Predators fans regarding the trade, I get the suspicion that Rangers Nation won't be...
So, instead of me trying to makeup some kind of scouting report on Klein like I know what I'm talking about I'll let some people who actually watch him on a nightly basis do it for me. Here's Bloguin brother Fang Finger...
"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 would 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."
...wow, that's some damn high praise for Mr. Klein. Gritty? Yeah, I like gritty. And that's exactly the kind of player that's been missing on the Rangers blueline this season.
I saw a lot of you guys posting video of Klein's fighting prowess yesterday, which Fang Finger also touches on...
"It is obvious to know his strategy. Klein fights like a hockey player should -- not holding back, hesitating or waiting for the other guy to make the first move. Instead, he relentlessly throws wild punches that will land to the face of the opponent."
You mean, like this?...
...Oh. My. God. I don't think I've ever seen more violent punches thrown in a fight by both players. And just when you thought that fracas couldn't get any better, the Predators announcer, in the midst of what sounds like an orgasm, blurts out "OLD SCHOOL!!!!!."
...despite the fact that Klein isn't afraid to throw down with some of the toughest guys in the league, please don't be fooled into thinking he's an enforcer unless you truly want to be disappointed. Because he's not. He's just a hard-nosed player, who'll do the heavy lifting when needed.
Now it's not all roses and perfume when it comes to Klein as The Hockey News gives this insight into his flaws...
"Doesn't use his size with enough consistency, so as to gain an advantage against NHL forwards. Is inconsistent in terms of point production and offensive impact on a game, as well."
...yeah, I'm pretty sure his three points this season taught us all we needed to know about Klein's offensive issues.
...i've also seen some conflicting reports about Klein's skating ability, so I guess we'll have to wait till he takes the ice tonight before we can make our own judgement on that.
The big question on Klein is if he's as good as Fanger Finger indicates and Nashville just signed him to a five year extension last season, why in the world would they be trading him away for an enigmatic player such as Del Zotto?
According to Dirk Hoag at On the Forecheck, the answer is the log jam on the right side of the defense created by drafting Seth Jones last June.
...obviously Seth Jones wasn't even a thought in Nashville's mind when they extended Klein last January, but when the 2013 fourth overall pick dropped into the Predators lap the organization's entire outlook on their defense corps was radically altered and Klein was the odd man out. He provides solid minutes, but not at expense of playing time for Jones.
...the more time I've had to process this trade the more I'm beginning to really like it. Big bodied, gritty, right-handed defenseman, who will allow a young offensively gifted defenseman in John Moore to take a few more chances with the puck? What's not to like. Plus, it got Del Zotto the hell out of here.
I hate giving Slats any credit but on paper this is a brilliant move. Looking forward to seeing how it translates on the ice.
From what I've read here and elsewhere, I think he will be a good fit for the Rangers. He'll also be one less UFA to sign, like we had with MDZ.
I was driving to work and heard Boomer talking about Kevin Klein as someone that he had heard the Rangers were looking at, interested in, and probably going to be on the team...that was about 3 weeks ago. I thought DZ was going to stay on the trajectory...bought the guys jersey...but another Sanguinetti or Matt Gilroy type. Hoping that Klein will be a Jay Wells type 5-6 slotted D-man. Really wish Sauer could be fit to play again...that's what we really need on the pairing....a banger.
SO GLAD HE IS OUT OF HERE. THAT SAID, IT WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME IF HE TURNS HIS SHIT AROUND IN NASHVILLE AND STARTS BEING A MORE RELIABLE, AND YES, OFFENSIVE D-MAN.
In short...the Rangers got a hockey player...on a team that until recently had so much estrogen that I'm surprised their periods hadn't synchronized. Great move.
Best line and most awkward line of that clip---from the Stars broadcast....."Feed each other the meat candy"
now resign Staal move him back with McD trade Girardi for kane package him with a top prospect bring up allen to solidify third pairing and we are on our way leaves alot of money now to resign who we need and then go out and fill the other holes next year
From all the NASH sites I've read, a overwhelming majority was not happy with this trade, as Klein seems to be a very reliable, gritty, and well liked player. Also a fan fav. So in addition to what seems like an upgrade on defense, it also puts J. Moore back to his natural left side and since Klein is in the 1st year of a 5 year deal, he's a pretty good bargain for the long term. Sounds like, as Slats said, a replacement for the loss of Michael Sauer.
The D part is nice, but to now have a solid, gritty veteran on the back-end is very nice indeed. Perhaps, if he's ready next year, he would serve as a good mentor for McIlrath to help him get his game to where it needs to be. If Moore can up his offensive game and McDonagh can continue his, the loss of MDZ's potential is certainly minimized. For you Mets fans, it's like swapping Mackey Sasser for Jerry Grote ;-)
More like who is Masahiro Tanaka? Top 5 pitcher in baseball... and getting rid of Del Zaster on the same day... Christmas came late this year
Yeah I've calmed down a lot. The guy seems solid. I'm beginning to realize that there really just wasn't that big of a market there for Del Zotto, so for Sather to get a solid 2nd pairing defenseman is a steal.
the more I read about him I'm gettin the impression that if Girardi is a 85 overall this guy is an 81.
similar but not quite as good as Girardi. buuuuuuuut...he fights and fights hard. he fights like john moore but just a little more often.
much like Kevin, this trade has grown on me. this guy played on a top pairing with shea weber. he will play on our 3rd pairing. what's that say about our defensive depth compared to the rest of the league!?
Yeah, Sauer is a tragic loss all around and a huge blow to the team. I too was thinking Kkein could be like a smaller version as Wells. I don't think he hits quite as hard or runs guys but does hold his position well and clear the net from what I've gathered.
he was offensive thats why we got rid of him, was on a top 10 PP and couldn't score and unless he takes roids he get out muscled constantly of the puck and gives it away more time than santa on x-mas eve. sorry we wasted a #1 on him ever think sather just made a huge mistake and finally admitted it
Hey, watch it. We ladies can take pain a whole lot better than you boys can. We can dish it out, too. (See US v Canada women's hockey team line brawl.) So enough with the misogyny. Thanks.
no one wanted him from us why would nash have better luck not like they have anyone better to package him with
@Bring back Langdon We probably aren't going to be able to keep Staal. He is going to go to Carolina with his brothers. If the Rangers aren't in playoff contention next year then i would be opened to trading him. MIght as well get something for him as a rental then lose him. Oh and I would love to do a package for Kane. Just leave Kreider out of the package.
@gravey94 Jerry Grote was the best defensive catcher in the majors during his time in the leage.
@dahjay Its more like getting ready to lose Staal to Carolina during the off season.
No ... They made this deal for a couple of reasons, one being that wanted 3 righty D paired with 3 lefty D
Probably not, but it helps give a little leverage to Slats in terms of negotiations.
@johnAMIRANTESrug"he will play on our 3rd pairing. what's that say about our defensive depth compared to the rest of the league!?"
Let's be honest...... the fact that this guy is willing to drop the gloves. and defend teammates. Key word is willing. and then actually does it. ... exceeds anything Girardi does or can do.......
let's deal with Facts Girardi is n longer a physical guy.... When he was it was average now he even less
Girardi is not will to drop the gloves to defend teammates. ... and does not fight....someone runs Hank r Talbot. Girardi will do two things. Skate away or garb the guy.... and nothing else.....
@johnAMIRANTESrug Lets just watch him play a few games before we compare him with any one. IMO.If he is good as Girardi, he would not have been traded by Nashville.
The mere fact hat he fights makes him an 87 to Girardi's 85...
so you agree with me
Just seems strange that NASH would take DZ, when they have a logjam of young D and their primary need is offense up front. Just wondering if they were looking to package deal him with something more enticing than the NYR could offer. (being that the NYR have so many players impending contract renewal)
yes, also each pairing has a puck mover and a more D-oriented skater
No cup until we adapt to the tried and true NES Ice Hockey formula of having two morbidly obese players next to two horribly skinny players and a medium sized all around dude at center.
Also MSG needs to add a third zamboni!
Key word is willing and able to drop the gloves and if called out will fight. Dude has no fear and can throw them
Girardi skates away like a vagina on the rag
@TruBluEspThere is another possibility here....using Gerardi and one other player in a straight up trade with the Jets for Kane???