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http://nypost.com/2017/06/13/rangers-kevin-klein-leaning-toward-retirement/

It seems that Kevin Klein has come to the same realization as the rest of us, his time as a serviceable NHL depth defenseman has likely come to an end. He’s had a solid career and he may have enough left in the tank to compete over seas. If he does retire, there will be plenty of spots open, particularly on the right side, for the Rangers come September.

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  1. Blue Heaven
    dont forget the refs are against the Rangers b/c they want canadien teams to win.

    Exactly! Because it's much more important for the sport to thrive in Canada than New York.
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    Vodka Drunkenski
    Next we will start hearing how to refs jigged the finals for Crosby and the Penguins
    ....oh wait
    #MakeBSBHGreatAgain

    dont forget the refs are against the Rangers b/c they want canadien teams to win.
    Kevin
    He probably still enjoys playing hockey but knows that he is no longer physically capable of playing at a high level in the NHL. In Europe, where there is far less checking/physical play involved, he can still be an asset to the team without taking a beat-down all the time.

    I mean, yeah, if he plays in a Swiss league, it's less physical, but to already have that decision made is not likely.
    Blue Heaven
    Why would he bluff so Vegas doesnt pick him? He'd get playing time there while he would be at best the 7th defenseman here. He still gets his money if he's in Vegas or playing in NY. I would think players like Klein wouldnt bluff something like this just not to go to Vegas knowing that if they get selected they'd get a ton more playing time.

    Maybe because he'd rather stay in a hockey town and win in a contract year? I'm not so certain that if Klein stays, he's not in a top 4 role. Smith isn't set in stone, unless I missed his signing.
    Flynn
    There isn't a worthwhile cap benefit in sending them to the minors.. Better just to tell them they are goign to be eating popcorn in the pressbox all year

    I mean, 900k is 900k. If you can't trade Girardi and don't buy him out and have no intention of playing him, then it is worth while to send him down.
    Mr.wiskers
    I know it would be a mean thing to do, but I wonder if we could bury one of Staal or Girardi in the minors should we not be able to deal them much like we did I Glass.

    There isn't a worthwhile cap benefit in sending them to the minors.. Better just to tell them they are goign to be eating popcorn in the pressbox all year
    The Dude
    Not sure why he'd retire, then go play in Europe. He could easily stay, play on the third pair here or elsewhere. If it's injuries and he's done, I get that. But he might continue playing over seas. Something doesn't add up. I'm hoping the Rangers didn't work out a yet to be announced trade that was having a pick go to Vegas for them to take Klein. Because this news is going to screw them.
    I rreally don't see why Klein would retire just a year after a solid season.Unless it's because he doesn't want to play for an expansion team.

    He probably still enjoys playing hockey but knows that he is no longer physically capable of playing at a high level in the NHL. In Europe, where there is far less checking/physical play involved, he can still be an asset to the team without taking a beat-down all the time.
    Blue Heaven
    Why would he bluff so Vegas doesnt pick him? He'd get playing time there while he would be at best the 7th defenseman here. He still gets his money if he's in Vegas or playing in NY. I would think players like Klein wouldnt bluff something like this just not to go to Vegas knowing that if they get selected they'd get a ton more playing time.

    Very good point. A move to Vegas would also boost his chances of a new contract significantly, so it sounds legit.
    The problem still stands from the organisation's viewpoint. He is now virtually untradeable and Vegas will not pick him up. So if he decides not to retire, it's a very poor position to put himself and his organization in.
    Blue Heaven
    Why would he bluff so Vegas doesnt pick him? He'd get playing time there while he would be at best the 7th defenseman here. He still gets his money if he's in Vegas or playing in NY. I would think players like Klein wouldnt bluff something like this just not to go to Vegas knowing that if they get selected they'd get a ton more playing time.

    This. It doesn't make any sense for him to bluff.
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    Mr.wiskers
    Or he's bluffing--saying he's retiring so LV doesn't pick him in the expansion draft. Then later says he's changed his mind and will play one more season.
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    Why would he bluff so Vegas doesnt pick him? He'd get playing time there while he would be at best the 7th defenseman here. He still gets his money if he's in Vegas or playing in NY. I would think players like Klein wouldnt bluff something like this just not to go to Vegas knowing that if they get selected they'd get a ton more playing time.
    Mr.wiskers
    I know it would be a mean thing to do, but I wonder if we could bury one of Staal or Girardi in the minors should we not be able to deal them much like we did I Glass.
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    It doesn't work like that anymore. We would only get $900k in cap relief, and the rest of their salary would still count against the cap.
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    The Dude
    Not sure why he'd retire, then go play in Europe. He could easily stay, play on the third pair here or elsewhere. If it's injuries and he's done, I get that. But he might continue playing over seas. Something doesn't add up. I'm hoping the Rangers didn't work out a yet to be announced trade that was having a pick go to Vegas for them to take Klein. Because this news is going to screw them.
    I really don't see why Klein would retire just a year after a solid season.Unless it's because he doesn't want to play for an expansion team.

    He could be contemplating based on injuries, exit interview and/or Vegas. I tend to believe TorontoNYRs story, he's taken a physical beating the last few years and has struggled twice after returning from injury. The dropoff has been significant. He went from a guy AV/Sather thought would supplant Stralman on the second pair when acquired to someone AV was forced to bench in important games.
    Great guy, solid Ranger, gave it his all. Hope he retires, has his health and stays in NY.
    Not sure why he'd retire, then go play in Europe. He could easily stay, play on the third pair here or elsewhere. If it's injuries and he's done, I get that. But he might continue playing over seas. Something doesn't add up. I'm hoping the Rangers didn't work out a yet to be announced trade that was having a pick go to Vegas for them to take Klein. Because this news is going to screw them.
    I rreally don't see why Klein would retire just a year after a solid season.Unless it's because he doesn't want to play for an expansion team.
    torontonyr
    Super strange how lightly I took it at the time.

    Ah, gotcha. I would have taken it exactly the same as you. I don't think anyone is "insider" enough on here that we all aren't taken slightly by surprise by this news.