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April 17, 2019 11:24 AM
Kevin Klein: Announces retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein will hang up his skates after playing in Switzerland the past two season.

Klein briefly retired in July of 2017, but was lured back onto the ice by ZSC Lions. The blueliner played in 627 NHL over 12 years with the Predators and Rangers and racked up 38 goals, 116 assists and 10 game-winning goals. The 34-year-old -- who was drafted by Nashville with the 37th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft -- added another 19 points in 73 playoffs contests, as well.

July 14, 2017 10:20 PM
Kevin Klein: Not done yet
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Klein -- who retired from the NHL on July 7 -- signed with Swiss club ZSC Lions on Friday.

Despite registering a mere 14 points last year, Klein will look to extend his professional career by suiting up overseas. While it seems unlikely, a solid season with the Lions could open the door for the 32-year-old to return to the NHL down the road -- although it would probably need to be a minimum-salary deal for a third-pairing assignment.

July 7, 2017 11:16 AM
Kevin Klein: Officially calls it a career
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Klein, a defenseman who last played for the Rangers, announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday.

A proficient shot blocker, Klein was more of a stay-at-home type over 12 years of service time split between the Predators and Rangers. Still, while donning the blue sweater, he managed 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 94 games to complement a gaudy shooting percentage of 12.4 versus Metropolitan Division opponents. Hockey fans from the Big Apple will remember him as the guy who lost part of his left ear from a high stick in a 2014 contest against the Penguins; he had it sewn back on in time to put an overtime game-winning goal in the bag.

June 14, 2017 02:17 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: May retire from NHL, head overseas
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Klein is considering retiring from the NHL and continuing his career in Europe, the New York Post reports.

After surprising with a pair of nine-goal, 26-point campaigns for the Rangers, Klein sagged to just 14 points over 60 games in an injury-shortened 2016-17, and he was a healthy scratch for all but one of the club's playoff games. No final decision has been made, but Klein reportedly had a going-away party this past weekend, so it seems likely that the physical blueliner will indeed retire. If he does, his NHL career will conclude with 38 goals and 154 total points in 627 games, with almost half those points coming in his 224 games as a Ranger.

March 31, 2017 01:04 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Returns to lineup Friday
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Klein (back) is slated to return to the lineup Friday against the Penguins after missing Tuesday's game against the Sharks, the Rangers' official site reports.

Per the report, Klein will be paired with Marc Staal in his return to action Friday. With 14 points and 31 PIM in 55 games to date, Klein's fantasy impact apart from blocks (112) and hits (128) has been modest, with the exception of his two-goal effort against the Avs on Feb. 11.

March 29, 2017 06:29 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Will sit Tuesday
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Klein will not suit up for Tuesday night's game in San Jose after feeling some tightness in his back following Sunday's contest in Anaheim.

This pesky back injury has been hampering Klein for the better part of the season's second half, and it's unclear at this point how it will affect him going forward. Between the injury problems and his limited effectiveness on offense, he's not a recommended play for the fantasy playoffs. Dan Girardi will slot back into the lineup Tuesday in Klein's place.

March 27, 2017 08:56 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Ready to return Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (back) will slot into the lineup for Dan Girardi (healthy scratch) against the Ducks on Sunday.

So ends a lengthy 16-game absence for Klein, though it's entirely likely that his minutes will be limited upon his return to the lineup. Either way, Klein's 14 points on the season limit his offensive upside and thus prevent him from being a suitable option on the blue line in the majority of fantasy formats.

March 25, 2017 06:04 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Out again Saturday
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Klein (back) won't play Saturday against the Kings.

Klein has yet to play a game in March, and none since February 21. He has been cleared to play, and the latest reports indicate that he should be able to return Sunday or Tuesday.

March 22, 2017 02:52 AM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Closing in on return
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Klein (back) has been medically cleared to play, but he still will not suit up for Tuesday night's away game against the Devils. He'll be with the team on its California road trip, meaning that he isn't likely to be ready for Wednesday's contest against the Islanders.

With Klein and Dan Girardi (ankle) still ailing, the Rangers will have to dig into their defensive depth for at least another game or two before getting two of their go-to defensemen back in the lineup. That could include Steve Kampfer, who has notched two points in his last five games for New York.

March 20, 2017 02:24 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Won't return Tuesday
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Klein (back) skated during practice, but won't play in Tuesday's tilt in New Jersey, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

The defenseman has missed the last 13 games with his back injury, but still needs a bit more time off. With 14 points in 54 games, he isn't much of a fantasy threat unless you're in a league that gives weight to hits, of which he has 127.

March 16, 2017 05:04 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Rejoins practice
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Klein (back) took part in practice Thursday, albeit in a non-contact jersey.

Fantasy owners will certainly be encouraged by seeing Klein back on the ice, but his timeline to return remains up in the air until he is cleared for contact. With the Rangers facing back-to-back contests with little practice time in between, the blueliner should probably be considered doubtful for Friday and Saturday's matchups against Florida and Minnesota, respectively.

March 4, 2017 05:12 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Won't make trip with team
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Klein (back) had an MRI that came back negative, but he won't join the Rangers for their upcoming road trip.

That would mean the earliest return date for Klein would be March 13. Klein has already missed five games, and back injuries can be tricky. Don't expect Klein back anytime soon.

March 3, 2017 09:36 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Doesn't skate Thursday
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Klein (back), who was expected to skate Thursday, was not able to get on the ice, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.

The lack of practice hurts his chances of returning on Saturday, however, he could still make the morning skate and slot his way into the lineup yet. Klein isn't much of a point scorer, with 14 points in 54 games, but his 127 hits give him some value in leagues that are bruiser friendly.

March 1, 2017 01:40 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: May skate Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is hopeful that Klein (back) can skate ahead of Thursday's game against Boston.

Even if Klein's a participant in morning skate, it's no guarantee that he'll be in the lineup, as he's still dealing with back spasms, so he won't be able to return until they subside.

February 28, 2017 01:32 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: May resume skating Wednesday
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Klein (back) may start skating Wednesday, effectively ruling him out against Washington on Tuesday.

With the news the Dan Girardi (ankle) will be out of the lineup, the Rangers will want to get Klein back as soon as possible. The 32-year-old has already missed three straight games with this ailment and will now miss a fourth. On the year, the blueliner has managed just three goals and 11 helpers, slightly behind his pace from the 2015-16 campaign. Steve Kampfer has been recalled from AHL Hartford and will likely slot into New York's third pairing until Klein is given the all clear.

February 24, 2017 04:10 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Battling back spasms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein is not expected to suit up for Saturday's game against the Devils or Sunday's matchup with the Blue Jackets as a result of back spasms.

Klein's sudden absence Thursday makes a bit more sense now, as back spasms are less of an acute injury and are more predicated on how much the player can tolerate. The veteran defenseman will likely use the weekend to rest up until the spasms subside. He's scored just two goals in the month of February and hasn't posted an assist since Jan. 17, so the majority of fantasy owners aren't likely to miss his scoring production.

February 23, 2017 07:30 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Late scratch Thursday
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Klein will not suit up for Thursday night's game in Toronto due to an upper-body injury.

Klein participated in Thursday's morning skate with seemingly no issues, but then did not come out for warmups and was ruled out shortly thereafter. Adam Clendening will draw into the lineup on the third defensive pairing with Klein sidelined.

February 18, 2017 02:35 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Will slot back into lineup Sunday
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Klein (illness) will be back in action Sunday for a home game versus the Capitals.

He's going to replace Adam Clendening on the third pair. Klein mixes it up on the back line with a healthy blend of hits and blocked shots -- he's posted 122 and 112 of those, respectively, this season -- and one wouldn't be right to call Klein a slouch in the attacking zone based on a respectable three goals and 11 helpers in 52 games.

February 16, 2017 06:45 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Out Thursday
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Klein (illness) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't play Thursday against the Islanders, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.

With Klein unavailable Thursday, Adam Clendening will get an opportunity to slot into the Rangers' lineup against the Islanders. The 32-year-old blueliner will hope to overcome his illness in time for Sunday's matchup with the Capitals.

February 16, 2017 05:15 PM
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Game-time decision with illness
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Klein will be a game-time decision for Thursday's away game against the Islanders due to an illness.

It's that time of year when it seems like everyone is catching some sort of sickness and NHL players are no exception to the general population. If the 32-year-old does not suit up, it would be his fifth absence on the year and his first since Dec. 1. Adam Clendening would draw into the lineup if Klein can't go.