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Kevin Klein | Defenseman | #8

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 206
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (37) / NAS
Contract: view contract details

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Kevin Klein is reportedly considering retirement from the NHL.
According to sources, Klein would look to continue his playing career in Europe. Klein has one year remaining on his contract at $2.75 million and it carries a $2.9 million cap hit. He was limited to 60 games in 2016-17, while dealing with lower back issues and he was a healthy scratch for most of the playoffs. Jun 13 - 6:13 PM
Source: NY Post

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Kevin Klein suited up in just one game during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He played in Game 3 against Montreal during the first round, but sat as a healthy scratch for most of the postseason. Klein is signed for one more season at $2.9 million and could be a trade option for the Rangers during the off-season. He had 14 points and 54 shots in 60 games during the regular season.
May 13 - 9:30 AM

Kevin Klein will likely be a healthy scratch in Game 3 against Ottawa.

He was on the ice for the pre-game skate, but he didn't take part in pairing rushes. The Rangers will go with Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Nick Holden, and Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith. Klein has only suited up in one game this postseason. Adam Clendening, Matt Puempel, Steven Kampfer and Brandon Pirri will also watch from the press box.
May 2 - 6:51 PM

Kevin Klein will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against Ottawa on Thursday.

Klein suited up in just one game in his team's first-round series against the Canadiens, but he was less than impressive in that outing. Adam Clendening, Matt Puempel, Steven Kampfer, Brandon Pirri and Tanner Glass will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 27 - 6:47 PM

The Rangers are unlikely to make any lineup changes for Game 6 so we expect Kevin Klein to once again be a healthy scratch.

Nick Holden will likely draw in again, as will Pavel Buchnevich for Tanner Glass.
Apr 22 - 8:15 AM

Kevin Klein, Steven Kampfer and Adam Clendening are each expected to be scratched for Game 2 against Montreal.

Klein picked up three goals and 14 points along with 125 blocks and 135 hits over 60 games this season. Kampfer meanwhile posted two points with 23 hits in just 10 games. Clendening for his part accumulated 11 points in 32 games this season.
Apr 14 - 6:35 PM

Kevin Klein will spend Game 1 in the press box.

Klein had three goals and 14 points in 60 games in the regular season. He was sidelined for nearly a month with a back issue and while he returned March 26, he didn't always look that great after coming back. "Kleiner, after having been out so long and not having been able to train for so long, he got the opportunity to play those games near the end. Played all right," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He’s a good defenseman. He’s ready, and if we need him moving forward, he’s going to be ready."
Source: NY Post
Apr 12 - 10:12 AM

Kevin Klein was able to return to action on Friday against the Penguins.

He'd played just once since Feb. 21st due to back spasms. Hopefully his inclusion of the lineup means that his back woes are behind him.
Mar 31 - 7:51 PM

Kevin Klein has been sidelined once again with a stiff back.

He's played just once since Feb. 21st due to back spasms, so this is certainly a concerning sign. Klein is considered day-to-day, for now.
Mar 28 - 9:17 PM

Kevin Klein (back) will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Klein has missed the last 16 games because of the injury. He has three goals and 11 assists in 54 games this season. Dan Girardi will sit tonight.
Mar 26 - 7:22 PM

Kevin Klein (back) took to the ice for 40 minutes on Saturday.

Klein has missed 13 of the Rangers' last 15 games with the ailment. This is a positive sign however that he's making good progress in his recovery. Consider Klein still to be day-to-day.
Mar 18 - 5:06 PM

Kevin Klein (back) took part in Thursday's practice.

Klein was skating for the second straight game. It's not clear when he'll be back, but Klein has missed 13 of the Rangers' last 15 contests.
Source: NY Post
Mar 17 - 9:40 AM

Kevin Klein (back) is out Saturday and he will not make the Rangers' upcoming road trip.

The Rangers will play four matches away from home next week. Klein didn't skate Saturday morning and his MRI came back negative. He has been sidelined since Feb. 21 because of back spasms.
Mar 4 - 5:14 PM

Kevin Klein (back) won't play on Tuesday night.

Coach Alain Vigneault hopes to have him back on the ice for Wednesday's practice. Klein has been out since Feb. 21 due to back spasms.
Feb 28 - 2:13 PM

Kevin Klein won't be available to the Rangers this weekend against the Devils and Blue Jackets due to "pretty bad back spasms", per coach Alain Vigneault.

That's a tough break for the Rangers as their defensive depth is not particularly good. Be that as it may, Adam Clendening figures to remain in the lineup in his stead until further notice. Klein is considered day-to-day, for now.
Feb 24 - 2:51 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Derek Stepan
2Mika Zibanejad
3Kevin Hayes
4Brandon Pirri
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3Michael Grabner
4Matt Puempel
5Jimmy Vesey
6Tanner Glass
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2J.T. Miller
3Jesper Fast
4Pavel Buchnevich
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Brady Skjei
3Kevin Klein
4Brendan Smith
5Marc Staal
6Nick Holden
7Adam Clendening
8Steven Kampfer
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Antti Raanta
3Magnus Hellberg