Nashville Predators sign D Kevin Klein to five-year, $14.5 million extension

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 04: Daymond Langkow #22 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against Kevin Klein #8 of the Nashville Predators in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

With just hours to go until the NHL lockout becomes official, the Predators have announced that they've signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a five-year, $14.5 million extension.

This keeps Klein in Nashville for the foreseeable future at a very reasonable price. The deal will pay him $3 million per year for the first three years and $2.75 million for the last two.

"My family and I love Nashville; the fans, my teammates and the city have been very good to us," Klein said in a press release on the team's website. "I am excited about being a part of this organization and community well into the future."

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Klein, 27 (12/13/84), recorded career highs in points (4g-17a-21pts) and assists, while tying a career high in goals in 2011-12. He also tied for 24th in the League, and led the Predators, in blocked shots (151); ranked third on the team in average ice time (19:56) and was one of just two NHL defensemen to play more than 35 games and register four or fewer penalty minutes during his fourth full NHL campaign a season ago. The Kitchener, Ont., native has 65 points (12g-53a) in 309 career regular-season games and nine points (3g-6a) in 28 postseason contests, which included four points (2g-2a) during the 2012 postseason, tying him for first among club blueliners.

Nashville's third selection, 37th overall (second round), in the 2003 Entry Draft held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Klein captured a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships in addition to winning the 2004 Ontario Hockey League championship as a member of the Guelph Storm.

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