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07-07-2017, 11:02 AM
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Kevin Klein retires

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Always had a soft spot for number 8. Shame he couldn't win a cup, but he got to live out his dream playing in the NHL.

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Always had a soft spot for number 8. Shame he couldn't win a cup, but he got to live out his dream playing in the NHL.
Hopefully NYR fans don't venture back in here because they'll have to re-live this but......for some reason its always bothered me that Klein was one of the D men on the Kings 2OT Cup winning goal in 2014. I don't remember him being at fault or anything as it was just a 3 on 2 but I just felt so bad for him to be in that scenario. He had to play a man and in a coin toss situation it was the wrong one.

Anyway, I don't think in the history of me being a fan since 1998 I've pulled more of a 180 on a Preds player than Klein. I don't know why but for awhile I just thought he sucked and I'd never give him credit for anything. Then he became one of my favorites and I was sad to see him go.

Best of luck to him in whatever he pursues next.

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Loved him in A Fish Called Wanda.

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I really wish we wouldn't have traded him.













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One of my all-time favorites. This guy wasn't a star, but he put in the hard work, he did whatever was necessary, whatever the coach asked.

He wanted to play in Nashville when nobody else did. I posted already in another thread about this, but I hated the trade for MDZ. I liked Del Zotto just fine, but Poile basically gave away Klein for nothing. A guy who took a nice contract to stay in Nashville, traded for 25 games of a worse player.

There was a rumor that he was going to retire this summer and head over to Europe. I don't know if it's true, but I hope that if that's what he wants to do that he finds a good opportunity and enjoys his time with it. Likewise if he is really just done, I hope he has happiness in retirement.


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Yeah, the MDZ move was one of Poile's worst mistakes.

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I really wish we wouldn't have traded him.

This first video is the memory I'll always have of Klein, that was such a nice goal, he was very underrated offensively because with Timonen, Weber, Suter and Hamhuis we just never needed him to do it. Most fans these days probably don't even remember Klein, let alone the difficulties he had breaking into the league, at one point he converted to RW because it didn't look like there would ever be an opening on our stacked defense, but it showed his versatility and dedication. He was one of the good guys, and I was always just a little happier when good things were happening for him.

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Anyway, I don't think in the history of me being a fan since 1998 I've pulled more of a 180 on a Preds player than Klein. I don't know why but for awhile I just thought he sucked and I'd never give him credit for anything. Then he became one of my favorites and I was sad to see him go.

Best of luck to him in whatever he pursues next.
I'm betting that was when he was paired with Hamhuis.

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I'm betting that was when he was paired with Hamhuis.
That.......is probably correct.

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Always Liked Klein. He was one of those guys that you just didn't want to get ticked off because he would end you.

I remember the calls on the old boards and these wanting to move him to F because of his speed. He just couldn't win Trotz's trust and then something clicked with him and was a very good dman for us.

Hate we traded him. At the time it was a win/win for us with MDZ and then realized he couldn't play D under trotz.

Did concussions catchup to him? I figured he would be in the league a few more seasons on a team's bottom pair.

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Always Liked Klein. He was one of those guys that you just didn't want to get ticked off because he would end you.

I remember the calls on the old boards and these wanting to move him to F because of his speed. He just couldn't win Trotz's trust and then something clicked with him and was a very good dman for us.

Hate we traded him. At the time it was a win/win for us with MDZ and then realized he couldn't play D under trotz.

Did concussions catchup to him? I figured he would be in the league a few more seasons on a team's bottom pair.
I'd take Kleiner back over Weber right this second.

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He is going to go play in Europe next season. His mother in law is a bartender at a pub I go to often. So if you still wanna see him play you can watch those games.
NHL will miss you kleiner!

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I'd take Kleiner back over Weber right this second.
I wouldn't wait that long.

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I will never forget his never ending head nod during every bench interview. I always got a chuckle out of that.

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He was a beauty to watch. Loved how he would egg on teammates during their bench interviews.

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I remember him crashing in to the boards one night and it looked like he wrecked his ankle pretty bad. Played the next shift. Guy was impervious to pain it seemed. One of the better skating d-men I've seen too. Such a sweet stride. All the best KK.

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I loved his mohawk during the playoffs. He couldn't grow much of a beard, but he made up for it with that.

One of my favorites. I will miss him being in the league. He was the reason I'd watch the Rangers--just to cheer him on.

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Klein was one of my favorites.

I remember a lot of people used to yell at him. He was known as DammitKlein for a long time. Then he finally put it all together and everyone loved him. (I think a lot of our defensemen started as Dammitxxxx until they finally grew into their role, lol)

He never complained, just did his job and pounded some guys when needed. He loved being here and embraced whatever role he was put in, on or off the ice.

That breakaway goal vs Detroit in the playoffs is still one of my all time favorite playoff goals.

I hated the trade, and always missed him. I still cheered him when the Rangers came to town.

Good luck to Kevin in retirement!!

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Klein was one of my favorites.

I remember a lot of people used to yell at him. He was known as DammitKlein for a long time. Then he finally put it all together and everyone loved him. (I think a lot of our defensemen started as Dammitxxxx until they finally grew into their role, lol)

He never complained, just did his job and pounded some guys when needed. He loved being here and embraced whatever role he was put in, on or off the ice.

That breakaway goal vs Detroit in the playoffs is still one of my all time favorite playoff goals.

I hated the trade, and always missed him. I still cheered him when the Rangers came to town.

Good luck to Kevin in retirement!!
I loved that goal against Detroit! Erat looked like he could control gravity, pulling 4 Dead Things with him to the corner, followed by Kleiner's goal. Detroit looked like a beer league team on that play.

I remember a game in Milwaukee where an Admiral got hammered in the neutral zone on a bad pass. A few shifts later, a visitor was skating with the puck past the Ads bench. Klein hit him with a hip check, knocking the guy up in the air with his skates up, and pushed him over the boards into the Ads bench. He got a standing O from the crowd. Sometimes he was like a heat seeking missile to guys with their head down in the neutral zone. I loved it, especially since he wasn't a huge guy.

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Klein was one of my favorites.

I remember a lot of people used to yell at him. He was known as DammitKlein for a long time. Then he finally put it all together and everyone loved him. (I think a lot of our defensemen started as Dammitxxxx until they finally grew into their role, lol)

He never complained, just did his job and pounded some guys when needed. He loved being here and embraced whatever role he was put in, on or off the ice.

That breakaway goal vs Detroit in the playoffs is still one of my all time favorite playoff goals.

I hated the trade, and always missed him. I still cheered him when the Rangers came to town.

Good luck to Kevin in retirement!!
I loved that goal against Detroit! Erat looked like he could control gravity, pulling 4 Dead Things with him to the corner, followed by Kleiner's goal. Detroit looked like a beer league team on that play.

I remember a game in Milwaukee where an Admiral got hammered in the neutral zone on a bad pass. A few shifts later, a visitor was skating with the puck past the Ads bench. Klein hit him with a hip check, knocking the guy up in the air with his skates up, and pushed him over the boards into the Ads bench. He got a standing O from the crowd. Sometimes he was like a heat seeking missile to guys with their head down in the neutral zone. I loved it, especially since he wasn't a huge guy.


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Kevin Klein comes out of retirement!

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07-14-2017, 04:01 PM
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07-14-2017, 04:46 PM
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Kind of a random comment, but from his original quote, I appreciate that he named the Preds before the Rangers. No slight against the Rangers by any means, but it shows that he never forgot his time here and what the organization did for him before making him the victim of a simple business decision.

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Weird that he walked away from 2.5 million guaranteed next year. I can't imagine he will make that kind of money in europe. Possibly a lifestyle choice, possibly he thinks he can make the Canadian Olympic squad?

Still sucks that the Rags get free cap relief.

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