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8 Kevin Klein D
Height/Weight: 6-1/199 | Birthdate: 12/13/1984 | Birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada | Team: New York Rangers | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $1,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 28/20
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12/13/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Set To Play Saturday

News: Kevin Klein (ear) will be in the lineup Saturday against the Canucks, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Kevin Klein needed a portion of his ear to being reattached with stitches during Monday's game, but it didn't stop him from reentering the contest and scoring the game-winning goal. He would undergo plastic surgery on the ear after the game, and now that everything appears to be normal, he'll suit up again Saturday. Such is the life of a hockey player.

12/8/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein (Ear) Gets Stitches Monday

News: Kevin Klein needed 13-14 stitches to reattach a portion of his ear after Monday's game against the Penguins, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Kevin Klein seemed in good spirits after Monday's game and doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the Rangers' upcoming game against the Canucks on Saturday. Despite suffering the gruesome injury off a high-stick, he managed to spend just under 19 minutes on the ice Monday.

11/30/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Records Two Helpers In Win

News: Kevin Klein notched two assists, seven hits and three blocked shots in a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday.
Analysis: Since coming over from Nashville, Kevin Klein has steadily become one of Alain Vigneault's most trusted defenders and had another monster game against Philadelphia to help his cause. Though he's known to be a defensive defenseman, Klein is pitching in all areas of the game. His seven hits and three blocked shots were both team highs. However, his fantasy value remains minimal due to his relatively low production compared to his more offensively inclined peers. Klein now has eight points in 22 games this year.

11/5/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein To Play Wednesday

News: Kevin Klein (ankle) appears set to play Wednesday against the Red Wings, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Kevin Klein looked like a full participant during the Rangers' morning skate and didn't stick on the ice for extra work with the expected healthy scratches, eliminating most of the concern that the bruised foot would knock him out for another game. Though Klein is not a top-notch blueliner by any means, his availability is a much-needed development for the Rangers, who will be without John Moore (suspension), Dan Boyle (hand) and Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) on Wednesday.

11/3/2014

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Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Still Ailing

News: Kevin Klein (foot) is not expected to be available for Wednesday's tilt with the Red Wings, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Kevin Klein is still experiencing some swelling in his foot, and won't be reevaluated for a few more days, so there's a good chance he won't be back until sometime next week.

11/2/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein (Ankle) Out Monday

News: Kevin Klein (ankle) has swelling in his foot and will not play Monday.
Analysis: Kevin Klein will likely be evaluated once the swelling goes down, but the fact that it is still pretty swollen is not a good sign. He will miss Monday at a minimum, but could be out longer than that.

11/2/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Spotted On Crutches

News: Kevin Klein (ankle) was spotted on crutches, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Kevin Klein was hurt after blocking a shot Saturday, and the crutches are likely a result of that injury. His foot was not in an ankle or boot at all, which may indicate that the injury is not as serious as crutches may indicate. His next chance to return will be Monday against the Blues, but he will likely be questionable for that game.

11/1/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Suffers Ankle Injury

News: Kevin Klein left Saturday's game with an ankle injury after being hit with a puck, according to the MSG Network game broadcast.
Analysis: The defensive-minded Kevin Klein was hurt blocking a shot. The team has to be hoping it's nothing major, as New York's blue-line corps has been hit hard by injuries in the early going.

11/1/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Leaves Game With Injury

News: Kevin Klein left Saturday's game with an injury, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Fellow defenseman Ryan McDonagh also left Saturday's game with an injury, leaving the Rangers with just four defensemen dressed. There's no update on the exact nature of Kevin Klein's injury at this point.

10/28/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR Rangers' Klein Heating Up?

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Heating Up?

News: Kevin Klein registered a goal and an assist in Monday's 5-4 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: The tally came on an impressive slapper from the blue line, an absolute rocket past a screened Darcy Kuemper. Kevin Klein, who has never been known for overwhelming offensive production, now has two goals and three points in his last two games. With John Moore possibly headed for a modest suspension, Klein could be considered for the team's second power-play unit, but either way, he's not likely to continue this offensive outburst, so owners in most formats will want to continue monitoring from afar.

10/21/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Pots OT Winner

News: Kevin Klein's first goal of the year was the game-winner in overtime Tuesday against the Devils.
Analysis: The first goal of the year for a Rangers blueliner, it was also the first point of the season for the stay-at-home Kevin Klein, who had Chris Kreider leave a perfect drop pass for him in the high slot, creating a wide-open chance that he converted. Don't expect Klein to produce offense often, but he's shown that he can step up into the play here and there.

10/20/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Practices

News: Kevin Klein (face) practiced with the team Monday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Kevin Klein left Sunday's game after being hit in the face by a puck, and required stitches to fix the injury. He returned to practice Monday, though, and should be available for Tuesday's matchup with the Devils.

10/19/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Receives Stitches For Facial Injury

News: Kevin Klein received stitches on his chin after being struck by a puck in Sunday's game against the Sharks, Jim Cerny of the Rangers' official website reports.
Analysis: Kevin Klein played most of the game before suffering the injury late in the third period. He is considered day-to-day, so it remains to be seen if he will be available for the Rangers' next game Tuesday.

6/16/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Klein's Role Unchanged With Rangers

News: Kevin Klein registered four points and plus-7 rating in 25 postseason games.
Analysis: The 29-year-old is a mostly durable third-pairing blueliner with a club-friendly ($2.9 million) deal already in place over the next three seasons. Kevin Klein's role with the Rangers was similar (though with less ice time) to the one he had in Nashville before being traded. He totaled two goals, eight assists and a plus-11 rating in 55 games (including the postseason) with the Rangers.

5/11/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Klein Contributing To Rangers' Playoff Push

News: Kevin Klein logged an assist during Sunday's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh in Game 6.
Analysis: That's two points in as many games and while it's not likely for the sixth defenseman to sustain his recent offensive contributions, it's clear his trade to the Blueshirts will slightly increase his fantasy value heading into next year's draft.

4/18/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Klein Solidifying Rangers' Third Pair

News: Kevin Klein registered four hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: As the new guy on New York's point, Kevin Klein logged just over 16 minutes in his Blueshirts' playoff debut. Considering he's not likely to serve on the team's power play, Klein is doing well flying under the radar and solidifying the defense. While he'll never bring home the bacon offensively, prior to being traded Klein had registered nine points (three goals) in 28 career playoff games for Nashville.

3/11/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Klein Nets First Goal With Rangers

News: Kevin Klein scored his first goal -- and point -- as a Ranger in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: Kevin Klein had gone scoreless over 13 games since being traded to New York, and he had only three points in 47 games with Nashville before that. Needless to say, don't get too excited about this one.

2/24/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR Rangers' Klein Familiar With Blackhawks

Kevin Klein

Rangers' Klein Familiar With Blackhawks

News: Kevin Klein has yet to register a point in seven games with his new team.
Analysis: This should come as no surprise as the the 29-year-old is known more for his defense first approach. Kevin Klein is likely to continue logging third-pairing minutes with John Moore in the team's first game back from the Olympic break on Thursday against Chicago. Klein has three goals and eight assists through 33 career games against his former division rival Blackhawks.

1/22/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Rangers Trade For Klein

News: Kevin Klein was traded to the Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for Michael Del Zotto, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Analysis: The Rangers bolstered their blue line Wednesday by picking up the solid defender. Kevin Klein has a goal and two assists in 47 games this season, and should fit well as a stay-at-home defenseman in the Rangers' system.

1/19/2014

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Preds' Klein Out With Illness

News: Kevin Klein is currently out with an unspecified illness, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: So far, Kevin Klein has missed missed two games - Thursday's win over the Flyers and Saturday's loss to the Avalanche. At this point, there is no word whether he will travel on the Preds' upcoming road trip that starts Monday in Dallas. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.

12/28/2013

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Predators' Klein Scores First Of Season

News: Kevin Klein scored his first goal of the season in Friday's 4-1 loss to Dallas.
Analysis: Though Kevin Klein isn't known for his offense, he has struggled this season, collecting only two points in 36 games to go alongside a minus-10 rating. He may be valuable when it comes to defensive categories such as blocked shots, but don't expect much else from the 29-year-old.

12/6/2013

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Preds' Klein Returning Thursday

News: Kevin Klein (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Hurricanes, Nick Cole of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: The Predators had previously indicated earlier this week that Kevin Klein would miss two weeks with the lower-body injury, but it appears that timetable was grossly overestimated. Klein sat out just two games and will now draw back into the lineup, with defenseman Joe Piskula returning to AHL Milwaukee.

12/3/2013

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Predators' Klein Out At Least Two Weeks

News: Kevin Klein will miss at least two weeks with a lower-body injury, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: It is uncertain when he sustained the injury, but it is significant enough for Kevin Klein to miss extended time. He will miss at least two weeks then will be evaluated again at that point. He will likely be placed on IR at some point to free up a roster spot for an extra skater on defense.

11/30/2013

Kevin Klein, D, NYR

Kevin Klein

Predators' Klein: Lower-Body Injury

News: The Predators announced Saturday that Kevin Klein is currently dealing with a lower-body injury, Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: There's no word on how the injury occurred or even the exact nature, but it would seem that he is unlikely to play Saturday against the Flyers. At best, he would be a game-time decision.

11/22/2013

Kevin Klein, D, NYR Preds' Klein Hitting, Blocking, But Not Scoring

Kevin Klein

Preds' Klein Hitting, Blocking, But Not Scoring

News: Kevin Klein has just a single assist in 22 games this season, however he still ranks fourth on the team in ice time with 20:34 per game.
Analysis: Kevin Klein's value to the Preds is measured in more than goals and assists, as he currently leads the team in blocked shots with 54 (putting him in the top 10 in the NHL in that category), and he's fourth in hits with 36. If your fantasy league rewards for these secondary stat categories, Klein could be of value to you - otherwise, he's ballast.