The New York Rangers finally dumped defenceman Michael Del Zotto on another team.
The Rangers pulled the trigger on a deal to send Del Zotto out of town Wednesday, trading him to the Nashville Predators for Kevin Klein, a steady veteran defenceman who doesn’t have the same offensive upside.
“Michael gives us another young, gifted left-handed shooting defenceman with significant offensive upside,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “We look forward to his presence on our already talented young blue line, further balancing our defensive corps.”
Del Zotto, a pending restricted free agent who has been rumoured to be on his way out of the Big Apple all season, has two goals and nine assists in 42 games this season. He had a career-best 10 goals and 31 assists in 77 games during the 2011-12 season.
Klein, who has played 403 NHL games over parts of nine seasons, has one goal and two assists in 47 games this year. He topped out at four goals and 17 assists in 66 games with the Preds in 2011-12.
The Predators also called up forward Taylor Beck from Milwaukee of the AHL.