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Lightning Sign Shattenkirk to a 1-Year, $1.75 Million Deal

Contract Details

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. Shattenkirk, 30, Last season he appeared in 73 games for the New York Rangers, scoring two goals and 26 assists. He finished second in points among Ranger defensemen. The Rangers recently bought out Shattenkirk’s final two years of his contract.  

Player Profile

Shattenkirk played 609 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, and Colorado Avalanche. He started his NHL career being drafted by the Avalanche in the first-round (14th overall) at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The offensive defenseman posted 75 goals and 349 points in his career. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he scored 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) in 60 games. 

The Lightning tried to gain the defenseman two years ago when he was with the St. Louis Blues. The Capitals won the trade in the 2017 trade deadline. The St. Louis Blues received Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, a 2017 first-round draft pick and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2019. 

How He Would Fit With The Lightning

The Lightning could use him as a third-line defenseman and second pair power-play defenseman. His signing will be a steal if he performs better than the 2018-19 season. A few seasons ago we considered him one of the top offensive-defenseman in the NHL. He made it clear by making it to the 2015 NHL All-Star game as a St. Louis Blues player. 


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