Rangers D Kevin Klein retires

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 8, 2017

After a "will he/won't he" debate, the New York Rangers bid a final farewell to defenseman Kevin Klein as he announced his retirement this morning.

In a long-rumored move, Kevin Klein is hanging up his skates.

"Thank you to the fans of both cities for their appreciation", Klein, 32, said. After nearly a decade of service in Nashville, he was then traded to the Rangers on January 22, 2014 for Michael Del Zotto.

He finishes his 12-year career with 627 games played, including 38 goals and 154 points.

Klein, who, according to reports, may try to continue playing elsewhere, debuted in Nashville during the 2005-06 season and was a steady presence on the Predators' blue line right up until he was traded to the Rangers on January 22, 2014. I couldn't have been happier to play in front of you. Klein went on to play 224 games for the Blueshirts, registering 22 goals and 50 assists for 72 points with a plus-49 rating. Prior to last season, Klein had tallied 26 points for the Rangers in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, his first two full seasons with the team.

Klein made the playoffs in each of the four seasons he donned the Rangers uniform.

His retirement allows the Rangers to save $2.9 million against the 2017-18 salary cap.

"Klein helped his team advance to the playoffs in seven of his nine full seasons in the National Hockey League, including each of his four seasons with the Rangers", wrote the team.

Klein played a huge role in the Rangers organization and now is helping them in the future. In March, the New York Rangers announced that Klein would be sidelined for up to four weeks.

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