The Canadian Press reports the New York Rangers have traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein.

Michael Del Zotto dealt to the Predators.

Michael Del Zotto dealt to the Predators.

 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.