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The Nashville Predators acquired a defenceman with offensive upside, in exchange for a veteran with a long-term contract. Custom USA Soccer Jerseys . Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. Del Zotto, 23, has been a decent, if not altogether consistent, puck-moving defenceman through 292 NHL games, but he never seemed to connect with new Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and was playing a career-low 17:45 per game this season, after logging a career-high 23:10 for the Rangers last season. The ideal for Del Zotto is to play in an offensive role, working the power play, where he has tallied 48 of his 121 career points (39.7%) and that contribution helps offset otherwise mediocre numbers at even strength. During his five-year career, Del Zotto is a little above average in terms of offensive production (ranking 56th in points per 60 minutes, among 161 defencemen to play a minimum of 3000 5-on-5 minutes). His possession numbers are less inspiring, ranking 102nd out of that same group of 161, while starting a healthy percentage of his shifts in the offensive zone. Playing on the Rangers third pairing this year also means that Del Zotto has faced a lower level of competition than he has in previous seasons and its not as though hes excelled against that weaker competition, so theres a decent chance that Del Zotto is going to need protection in Nashville. While Del Zotto might be a useful addition as a lefthanded shot, on a blueline that was leaning right, hell need to play better if hes going to fill a top-four role on a nightly basis. He is only 23, so there is the possibility that he will improv but, with Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm the left shooting defencemen in the top four for Nashville lately, Del Zotto figures to be competing with Ekholm for second-pair playing time. When it comes to the power play, Del Zotto could get a look ahead of Ryan Ellis on the second pairing. At a cap hit of $2.55-million, Del Zotto will be a restricted free agent at seasons end, which makes the rest of this season an audition, a chance for Del Zotto to rehabilitate his value after a tough start to the year, and if he doesnt, then the Predators will likely have a more affordable (albeit less appealing) option on the blueline. Ultimately, Del Zottos offensive upside, in addition to increased salary flexibility, makes the deal worthwhile for the Predators. The Rangers Get: D Kevin Klein. Klein is a 29-year-old right-shooting defenceman who will never be confused for an offensive dynamo. Hes talled 82 points in 403 career games, including three points in 47 games this season, but it doesnt mean he doesnt have some skill when presented with a scoring opportunity. Nevertheless, while Klein has played top four minutes on the Nashville blueline over the past five seasons, hes taken some lumps in that role. His possession stats, like most in Nashville, arent good (ranking 146th out of the aforementioned group of 161), but that does come with the caveat of starting the majority of his shifts in the defensive zone and, generally, facing a decent level of competition. In New York, Klein will take over Del Zottos spot on the third pairing, which will allow John Moore to move back to his natural left side and the easier level of competition in that role ought to help Klein. There is some congruity in the righty-lefty shooting part of this deal. Klein is under contract for four more season, at a cap hit of $2.9-million per season, a tad pricey for the third pairing, but thats likely where he fits. Klein offers some insurance if the Rangers lose Dan Girardi as an unrestricted free agent in the summer but, based on his career to this point, its not as though Klein ought to be tasked with taking on the oppositions best forwards. He can play some of those hard minutes, but chances are its asking too much. The price tag on Klein is dubious because of the term remaining on his contract. If this hasnt been a great season for him, how much better will it be when hes 32 or 33-years-old? Given that questionable value, it doesnt speak too well about the perceived value of Del Zotto around the league. Having a legitimate NHL defenceman, who has handled top-four minutes, under contract might offer some safety to the Blueshirts and thats essentially what this deal is. Taking a defensive defenceman, under contract, in exchange for an offensive defenceman that is headed for restricted free agency. Barring improvement, both could end up on the third pairings for their new teams. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.Independence Day Jersey . Pospisil, from Vancouver, and Sock will compete for the title against defending champions and top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States, who defeated the 12th-seeded French duo of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2. Darlington Nagbe Jersey . Ribery, who won UEFAs best player in Europe award for the 2012-13 season, helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League and Bundesliga and German Cup titles. Messi, winner of the last four Ballon dOr awards in voting by coaches, team captains and media, was injured late in the season and could not prevent Barcelona from being beaten by Bayern in the Champions League semifinals.(SportsNetwork.com) - If the Arizona Cardinals plan on getting involved in the NFC West race, its imperative they hold serve at University of Phoenix Stadium when the division-leading Seattle Seahawks arrive for "Thursday Night Football." The rough and tumble West could very well be the NFLs toughest division and is currently the leagues only one in which all four teams are at or above .500. This upcoming stretch could tell the tale of the Cardinals season. After playing four of their first six on the road, Arizona gets to spend the next month in the desert (three home games and a bye). The Cards, however, took a step back last week, dropping a 32-20 decision to rival San Francisco in the Bay Area when the 49ers converted four turnovers into 16 points. Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns -- a 75-yard hookup with Larry Fitzgerald and a 10-yard pass to Michael Floyd -- but threw two interceptions that led to field goals for San Francisco. Andre Ellington added a 15-yard touchdown run in the loss. "It was tough, man," Cardinals star linebacker Daryl Washington said. "Once you get your back to the wall, you have to toughen it out. I thought we lost our energy that fourth quarter to end the game." In a scary moment Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter after going head-first into a pile at the end of a run by the 49ers Frank Gore but was able to move all his extremities. The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder, who has 31 sacks in six season for the Cardinals, was taken to Stanford hospital where he underwent a CT scan and MRI as a precautionary measure and things came back clean. So much so that Campbell was back at the Cardinals facility on Monday morning and was able to take part in team meetings. His status for this game is uncertain, however, especially with the quick turnaround. Seattle, meanwhile, is coming off a hard-fought 20-13 decision over the visiting Tennessee Titans in Week 6. Marshawn Lynch provided the majority of the Seahawks points in that one with a pair of rushing TDs. Lynch carried 21 times for 77 yards to help the Seahawks remain unbeaten at home in 11 tilts since Russell Wilson took over as the teams starting quarterback. "Its nice to learn while you are winning and I think thats where we are," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "Thats what were hoping to continue. I dont know if well be able to reach the levels that we saw late last year where we were scoring points at a huge rate (including a 58-0 drubbing of Arizona on Dec. 9). That was an enormous run that we had." Wilson did not find the end zone against the Titans but carved up Tennessees defense for 257 yards on 23-of-31 passing and added 61 yards on the ground. Lynch also caught four passes for 78 yards. "It was a good win," Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice said. "We worked hard, we believed and kept trying in the end we won." The Cardinals and Seahawks will be lining up for the 29th time with Arizona holding a slim 15-13 advantage in the series. Dating back to 2004, the Cardinals have won seven of thheir last nine home games against Seattle. Gyasi Zardes Jersey. The Cards and Seahawks have split the season series each of the last two seasons, with Arizona winning both in the desert, where they are 9-4 all-time against the Seahawks. WHAT TO WATCH FOR This weeks game features two of the NFLs premier cornerbacks in Arizonas Patrick Peterson and Seattles Richard Sherman. Both ball hawks are in their third NFL season and Petersons 10 INTs since 2012 are third in the NFL behind Sherman (11) and Chicagos Tim Jennings (12). Sherman may have the tougher task on paper because in 18 career games against the Seahawks, Fitzgerald has 107 receptions for 1,436 yards -- his most against any opponent -- and 10 TDs. Fitzgerald has a sore hamstring, though, and the short week wont help the All-Pro. "It gets a little better and then he plays on it and it gets worse," Cards coach Bruce Arians said when talking about Fitzgeralds health. "So hopefully we can continue to nurse it into the small open week and get it better." Despite possessing far more experience Palmer is more likely to play free and loose with the football than Wilson, who generally stays away from tight windows because he understands the Seahawks are a run-first team and everything plays off his own ability in the read-option as well as Lynchs tendency to draw an extra defender in the box and set up play action. Wilsons ability as a dual-threat also creates many headaches for an opposing defense and dont be surprised if Arizona commits Washington as a spy. Facing the NFLs fifth-ranked defense last week the Cardinals posted a season- high 403 yards of offense, averaged a season-best 6.4 yards per play, threw for 298 yards -- their second-best total of the season -- and piled up a season-high 109 rushing yards. But, those kind of numbers mean little unless they start taking care of the football better and Palmer has thrown nine of his 11 interceptions in the last four games. The Seattle defense, meanwhile, ranks second in the NFL with 290.2 yards allowed per game and third by giving up just 15.7 points a contest. The front seven is a little banged-up, however, and both defensive end Chris Clemons (elbow) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (ankle) may not be able to go. OVERALL ANALYSIS Seattle has been mortal away from the Pacific Northwest this season, rallying late to beat Carolina and Houston before stumbling in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, Arizona has the kind of defense that could make things difficult for the Seahawks running game and has the revenge factor after the ugly 58-0 setback in Seattle last season. "Theyre a brand new team to us," Carroll said referring to the new coach (Arians) and QB (Palmer). "There are things that look similar, but its not the same. All kinds of stuff has changed, so we have to look at them all over again. Its not like were just carrying it over, same ol same ol. Its not like that." The Cardinals come in here as the far more desperate team and have a history of handling Seattle in the desert, so that makes Arizona the prudent pick here ... if Palmer can play a somewhat clean game. And thats a big if. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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