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.