Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators signed defenseman
Kevin Klein to a five-year contract on Saturday worth $14.5 million.
The 27-year-old rearguard will receive $3 million during each of the first
three years of the pact and $2.75 million for the final two seasons.
"Kevin Klein embodies the Predators way -- the culture and belief system we
have worked hard to create," Nashville general manager David Poile said. "He
was drafted and developed by the team, has become an integral part of our
defensive corps, and is committed to being a part of our long-term success."
Klein posted a career-high 21 points in 66 games for the Preds in 2011-12,
adding two goals and two assists in 10 postseason appearances. He also topped
the club with 151 blocked shots.
Over parts of seven seasons with Nashville, the Ontario native has compiled 12
goals and 65 points in 309 contests.
"My family and I love Nashville; the fans, my teammates and the city have been
very good to us," Klein said. "I am excited about being a part of this
organization and community well into the future."
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