Why it Didn't work out on Broadway for Shattenkirk

By Patrick Hoffman

When the New York Rangers signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a big UFA deal back in July of 2017, every Ranger fan, including myself, was excited.

I thought that the team would be getting a defenseman who could quarterback the club's power play, put up big numbers from the backend, and be a key part of this franchise as they moved forward. Heck, I actually thought that the team were getting a different version of Hall of Famer Brian Leetch.

Boy, was I ever wrong. Shattenkirk was clearly not worth the amount of money the team the team paid him, which ended up resulting him being bought out last week due to the club's salary cap issues.

Well, it appears that one team wants to give him a fresh start. On Monday, August 5, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed him to a one-year deal.

This is a good thing for Shattenkirk. On the Blueshirts, he was a defensive liability on a team that was already weak at that position and with the defensive depth that the Bolts have, his errors should not be as noticeable.

He turned the puck over constantly, did not do a good job of protecting his goaltender (s) and finished his career with the Rangers as a -29, which is obviously awful. When Shattenkirk was on the ice, the puck clearly seemed to find the back of the net with ease. 

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Offensively, Shattenkirk was not as good as advertised. He had 51 points In 119 games with the Blueshirts. Considering he usually put up around 40 points a season prior to joining the Blueshirts, the numbers he put up were quite bad.

With the Rangers, Shattenkirk was a guy that was scratched by head coach David Quinn several times. For someone who was making $26.6 million in his deal with the team, that's an awful lot of cash to have as a healthy scratch.

Lastly, he was injured a few times in his two-year sting with the club. As a result, the team was paying Shattenkirk a large amount on money to be off the ice.

With the Lightning, I expect things to be a lot different for Shattenkirk. I believe that he will go out a produce solid numbers considering the offense the Bolts have and be the defenseman he was with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. 

While it is disappointing that it did not work out for a hometown player, it is better for all involved that Shattenkirk is no longer a Rangers and is now with the Lightning.

Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.

He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.
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