Rangers Sign Kevin Shattenkirk to 4-Year/$26.6M Contract; $6.65M AAV

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It’s happening. The biggest name in free agency, Kevin Shattenkirk, is a New York Ranger according to multiple reports:

The New Rochelle native officially agreed to a four-year deal worth $26.6M a few hours after the market for Unrestricted Free Agents opened at noon Eastern time, bringing to a close more than two years worth of speculation that the 28-year old wished to suit up for the Blueshirts.

Given the term and the average annual value, Shattenkirk no doubt left millions on the table to be a Ranger this season.

The contract details, including a yearly breakdown of salary is as follows:

While the No Movement Clause (NMC) and Modified No Trade Clause (NTC) aren’t ideal, they’re also something premium free agents don’t sign contracts without. Given the limited term that will carry Shattenkirk to his 32nd birthday, it shouldn’t be too big of a problem for the Rangers.

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  1. Phil in Absentia
    To be fair to him, part of why he hasn't been as effective is specifically because both Skjei and Smith have regressed. If either, especially the latter, was able to stabilize the top pairing, there'd be significantly less issue (though it'd still be far from perfect) with the D.

    I think this is probably accurate. Nobody expected him to come here and be an all around stud on both ends of the ice. The guy is what he is: a powerplay stud. If our defensemen could cover his weakness then I think we'd be having a different conversation, but for now his holes in the back are more noticeable.
    josh
    He was not signed to play with McDonagh!
    I got dumped on for slotting him in on the second pair - and I was being optimistic!
    He should be playing with Smith or Staal.

    Reading back in this thread, most believed he was. I agree with you though.
    Phil in Absentia
    To be fair to him, part of why he hasn't been as effective is specifically because both Skjei and Smith have regressed. If either, especially the latter, was able to stabilize the top pairing, there'd be significantly less issue (though it'd still be far from perfect) with the D.

    I don't think you can blame ones lack of ability, based on another individuals ineffectiveness. When your top D have been Staal, Holden and Kampfer... it shows anyone can be successful.
    Phil in Absentia
    The D is still a mess, and Shattenkirk is part of the reason why. He was signed to partner with McDonagh despite the lack of evidence suggesting he could handle the all situations duty playing 1RD requires. Factor in Smith and Skjei's regressions, and is it any wonder AV and Ruff have been playing musical chairs with the pairings? When Marc Staal has been the most effective first-pairing partner for McDonagh, that's sure saying something.

    He was not signed to play with McDonagh!
    I got dumped on for slotting him in on the second pair - and I was being optimistic!
    He should be playing with Smith or Staal.
    To be fair to him, part of why he hasn't been as effective is specifically because both Skjei and Smith have regressed. If either, especially the latter, was able to stabilize the top pairing, there'd be significantly less issue (though it'd still be far from perfect) with the D.
    I had a lot of reservations back when the rumor mill was going. He seemed like the kind of guy that has a someone high profile name that would get high expectations put on him only to not deliver and fail to handle the pressure of playing for the Rangers.
    At this point, I didn't have high expectations of him, I think maybe I expected a little more? Hard to say exactly when most of the D seems to be a few steps off where they should be.
    The D is still a mess, and Shattenkirk is part of the reason why. He was signed to partner with McDonagh despite the lack of evidence suggesting he could handle the all situations duty playing 1RD requires. Factor in Smith and Skjei's regressions, and is it any wonder AV and Ruff have been playing musical chairs with the pairings? When Marc Staal has been the most effective first-pairing partner for McDonagh, that's sure saying something.
    The power play has been dramatically improved and that's why he's here. No issue so far with him. We know what we're getting in the defensive zone from this guy and our issues there go well beyond his play, even though he's a part of it too.
    Bumping this for seeing where mindsets were in July and what everything looks like now. I think it's relevant to where the team and Shatty sits right now. What's going to happen as the season continues? Who will settle into their role? Will they improve as a unit and keep the shuffling to a minimum?
    “I think when it came down to it, it was a matter of having a chance to play at home, for sure, but really getting on a team that I think is going to have a chance to win a Stanley Cup in the timeframe that I’m signing for,” Shattenkirk said on Tuesday at the team’s Tarrytown practice facility before participating in a camp with the Junior Rangers. “I really didn’t find a better situation than here.”

    “When you’re with the New York Rangers, their business is to win every year,” Shattenkirk said. “They’re not a team that’s looking to go through a rebuilding period, and it seems like every year they’re making the moves necessary to make their team a championship team. In that respect, it’s kind of hard to see what the window is here, because every year I’ve been in the league they’ve been capable of winning a Stanley Cup.”
    Speaking of windows, Shattenkirk also brought up the fact that when evaluating the Rangers’ chances, most people look to Henrik Lundqvist, the 35-year-old franchise netminder who may be just about to start slowing down. From here until the end of his career, the question will always arise about how much more Lundqvist has left, but Shattenkirk was at least confident enough to sign up for four years.
    “It’s tough to say,” Shattenkirk said when asked about the Rangers’ chance to win it all. “I think everyone is probably going to judge that on Lundqvist. Everyone is talking about how long does he have left. I don’t know him extremely well. But from the times I’ve met him, I know he’s an extremely competitive person. We have a lot of young players on this team though to counterbalance that.”

    http://nypost.com/2017/07/18/kevin-shattenkirk-explains-other-reason-he-signed-with-rangers/