TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting that the New York Rangers have traded Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators. The young blueliner is scheduled to become an RFA this summer.The Rangers will receive Kevin Klein in return.
Michael Del Zotto has been traded to NSH.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 22, 2014
With key defender Dan Girardi heading towards free agency this summer, the Rangers gain cost certainty in this deal as Klein is scheduled to make $2.9 million per year for the next four seasons. After a breakthrough season two years ago Del Zotto has struggled at times under new head coach Alain Vigneault. The Predators are hoping he regains his offensive flair on a blue line that will see his role diminished with the presence of studs like Shea Weber and Seth Jones.