Posted January 22, 2014

Rangers trade Michael Del Zotto to Predators for Kevin Klein

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Mistakes in his own end are among the criticisms Michael Del Zotto has weathered.(Elsa/Getty Images)

Mistakes in his own end have overshadowed Michael Del Zotto’s offensive potential. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Rangers and Predators are swapping defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein, a move that was first reported Wednesday by TSN’s Darren Dreger and subsequently confirmed by the teams.

Del Zotto, 23, has been a lightning rod for Rangers fans who wanted more from the puck-moving defenseman. Mistakes in his own end have moved him down the order of Rangers defense pairings and linked him to the trade market all season. Klein, 29, is considered a more dependable, defensive-oriented blue-liner.

The Predators hope Del Zotto’s speed and left-handed shot can benefit from a change of scenery before he becomes a restricted free agent after this season. His current contract is worth $2.5 million this season.

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Klein has four more years left on a contract that pays him $2.9 million a season.


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