The Canadian Press reports the New York Rangers have traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After months of trying to move Del Zotto for a top-four defenseman, the Rangers finally got what they wanted. Klein is a mobile shutdown defenseman and an effective shotblocker. He’s also a right-handed shot, which the Blueshirts were also seeking for their blueline. He can chip in offensively on the power-play.
As for the Predators, they’re seeking a boost to their offensive game, which Del Zotto, a skilled puck-moving defenseman, could provide. Playing for Barry Trotz in Nashville should help the 23-year-old improve his defensive game. They’ve also shed Klein’s $2.9 million per season cap hit, providing space to add Del Zotto now and for the future.