The New York Rangers signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk of New Rochelle, New York to a four year deal worth $26.6 million on Saturday. Last season, Shattenkirk shared his time with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals and had 13 goals and 43 assists for 56 points.
In 80 games last season (61 with the Blues and 19 with the Capitals), Shattenkirk had a career offensive season. His 43 assists and 56 points were a career high. Shattenkirk also had career highs in power play goals (eight), power play points (27), and hits (88).
Shattenkirk was traded from the Blues to the Capitals on Feb.27 with prospect goaltender Pheonix Copley of North Pole, Alaska for left winger Zachary Sanford of Salem, Massachusetts, center Brad Malone and a first round draft pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Capitals acquired Shattenkirk in an attempt to have a deep run in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but once again it was the same old story in Washington as they had immense problems in trying to get past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Capitals were eliminated in seven games by Pittsburgh in the second round and the Penguins went on to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.
For Shattenkirk to be effective for the Rangers, he will need to improve on the defensive side of his game. He was a -7 last year and has been a -21 over the last two seasons.