The New York Rangers finalized a deal with 28-year-old defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. The 4 year deal will be worth $26.6 million.
“This is what any hockey player dreams of; this opportunity to play for the team you grew up watching, the team you love. You don’t get this opportunity many times, if ever in your career,” Shattenkirk said in an interview with Darren Millard of Sportsnet.
The 28-year-old New Rochelle native will be entering the prime of his career. Last season with the Washington Capitals, Shattenkirk only played 19 games for the President’s Trophy winners, but was able to tally 14 points in the short span. Previously, Shattenkirk spent seven years with the St. Louis Blues, and played three years of college hockey at Boston University.
In signing Shattenkirk for roughly $6 million per year, Jeff Gorton is getting a bargain for the 6’5” defensemen. Shattenkirk will likely be on the first or second defensive pair for the Rangers, joining either Ryan Mcdonagh, Brady Skjei, or recently signed Brendan Smith. In signing Shattenkirk, the Rangers have more than filled the hole left by Dan Girardi, who signed a two year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Shattenkirk, in his best statistical season with the St. Louis Blues in 2013-14, registered 45 points, including 10 goals and 35 assists. In 2015, Shattenkirk was named to his first and only All Star Team.
In addition to signing Shattenkirk, the Rangers also filled the backup goalie position by signing Ondrej Pavelec to a one year contract. The 29-year-old goaltender spent his past five seasons in Winnipeg. The Czech goalie has 152 career wins, a .907% save percentage, and 17 career shutouts.