NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Kevin Klein left his mark on New York hockey.
The veteran defenseman, who performed elements of 12 seasons for the Nashville Predators and Rangers, introduced his retirement from the NHL on Friday.
“Thanks to the followers of each cities for his or her appreciation,” Klein, 32, stated. “I couldn’t have been happier to play in entrance of you. I’ll miss all the buddies I’ve made alongside the best way from the employees to the blokes I performed with. … I’m wanting ahead to many nice years with my prolonged household. Once more Thank You.”
Klein debuted in Nashville in the course of the 2005-06 season and was a gentle presence on the Predators’ blue line proper up till he was traded to the Rangers on Jan. 22, 2014. With New York, Klein had 22 objectives, 50 assists, and a plus-forty nine score in 224 common season video games. He additionally performed a task in serving to the Rangers to the 2014 Stanley Cup Remaining, registering 4 factors and a plus-7 score in 25 postseason video games.
The appropriate-handed defenseman, who was chosen within the second spherical of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, performed in simply 60 video games through the 2016-17 season on account of again issues. He appeared in only one playoff recreation.
In all, Klein completed his NHL profession with 38 objectives and 116 assists in 627 common season video games. There have been current studies suggesting he may attempt to play in Europe or elsewhere.
His retirement permits the Rangers to save lots of $2.9 million towards the 2017-18 wage cap.