Hockey Kevin Shattenkirk’s Boyhood Dream Ends in Buy-Out by Anthony Paradiso August 3, 2019 Kevin Shattenkirk dreamed that one day he would play for the New York Rangers as a kid growing up in New Rochelle, New York. Sadly, Shattenkirk’s dream has been cut short. The Rangers front office decided the best thing they could do to get under the National Hockey League (NHL) Salary-Cap of $81.5 million that they exceeded by $4.1 mil, was to buy-out the last two years of the four-year $26 million contract Kevin Shattenkirk signed in 2017. Most importantly, General Manager Jeff Gorton had to skim off some salary froth this offseason and buying out Shattenkirk was made more necessary by the signing of free agents Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba to long-term deals. Shattenkirk tore his meniscus two years ago, which hurt his game significantly. Back in 2015, Shattenkirk was an All-Star for the St. Louis Blues and competed in the fastest-skater competition. Nevertheless, Shattenkirk was brought to the Rangers to excel playing on the man-advantage. In 2017-18, Shattenkirk scored 13 points on the power-play in 46 games. In 73 games last season, Shattenkirk only scored seven points on the man-advantage. Also, the Rangers traded for right-handed defenseman Adam Fox. Larry Brooks of The New York Post said that Shattenkirk “would lose his power-play time to Trouba and Fox.” Fox has only proven he can play in college so it is a stretch for Brooks to say he is going to play on next year’s Rangers power-play. Following Shattenkirk’s buy-out, the Rangers have one defenseman over 30 years-old; Alternate captain Marc Staal. During training camp, head coach David Quinn will be evaluating whether Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren, and Yegor Rykov can earn a roster spot. The two youngest defensemen the Rangers have on their roster are 20-year-old Libor Hajek and 21-year-old Adam Fox. While Hajek has only played seven NHL games, Larry Brooks has said he can start on the Rangers’ third defensive-pairing with Fox. In a press release, Rangers Team President John Davidson reflected what the Rangers’ organization thinks about Kevin Shattenkirk. “Today’s decision was a very difficult one,” Davidson said, “Kevin is a great person and teammate and he was extremely proud to be a New York Ranger. We wish him and his family the best going forward.” Shattenkirk is still a capable NHL defenseman, who should find a spot on a NHL team. The Philadelphia Flyers could come knocking at his door. That is where his former teammate Kevin Hayes just signed a seven-year, $50 million deal and former coach Alain Vigneault is now the head coach. Post Views: 580 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Anthony Paradiso Latest posts by Anthony Paradiso (see all) MLB Announces Results of Early Testing, Names Released - July 6, 2020 A Timeline of Negotiations Between the MLB Owners, Players - July 1, 2020 Blueshirts Buzz, Episode 5: NHL Network Analyst, E.J. Hradek - June 28, 2020 Changes Fans Need to Know About the 2020 MLB Season - June 24, 2020 Related TopicsAdam FoxDavid QuinnJohn DavidsonKevin ShattenkirkMarc StaalNew York Rangers Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Headlines Trending Videos Hockey Ilya Sorokin Signs with NY Islanders Baseball Somerset Patriots Create Own League, Give Players Unique Opportunity BIZ Redskins to Retire Team Name BIZ UFC 4 Revealed During Fight Island Press Conference FACES Angelo DeSalvo Enjoys Successful Career in Coaching High School Football Baseball Changes Fans Need to Know About the 2020 MLB Season Around the Nation You Know I’m Right, Episode 20: MLB And Craig Carton Are Back (Audio) BIZ “Ticket to Ride” Campaign Benefits Fantastic Friends of WNY FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: National Lacrosse League Host & Producer, Devan Kaney (VIDEO) Football “Overtime” – Ep. 43: New York Guardians 2020 Season Opener (Video) BIZ “Overtime” – Ep. 40: NY Raptors Thanksgiving Classic 2019 (VIDEO) Podcasts More in Hockey Ilya Sorokin Signs with NY Islanders After six years and numerous attempts to lure him to North America, the New... Devils Hire Lindy Ruff Despite not competing in the upcoming 24-team playoff, the New Jersey Devils are making... You Know I’m Right, Episode 22: ESPN Radio New Lineup, Mahomes, MLB COVID-19 Testing (Audio) On the 22nd episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese discuss: ESPN Radio’s... Edmonton, Toronto Selected As Hub Cities For the first time since 2011, the Stanley Cup will be awarded in Canada.... Rangers Front Office Faces Salary Cap Conundrum Who should be the Flyers’ number one priority?