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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) plays the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) plays the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Kevin Shattenkirk had 3 assists and 2 PP assists in his Rangers preseason debut.

Shattenkirk was a +1, played 25:06, had 1 shot on goal, 2 shot attempts blocked, 1 that missed the net, 2 hits, 5 giveaways and 2 takeaways.

He played 14:11 at even strength, 9:37 on the PP and 1:16 on the PK:

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Kevin Shattenkirk will make his Rangers preseason debut on Wednesday against the Devils.

Alain Vigneault has spoken about Shattenkirk many times since the start of training camp and said on Tuesday that he is going to have a "major role" on the team.

He said that playing against top players will be a good challenge for Shattenkirk and that "I am sure that he wants and will live up to."

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After signing with the Rangers on July 1, Kevin Shattenkirk said that playing in New York is something that he always wanted to do.

Shattenkirk added that if he were to have passed on this opportunity to sign with the Rangers it would have been something he had to live with.

He added, "the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup in New York, as a hometown kid, that achievement would far surpass all of the pressure you have to deal with along the way. To me that is worth going through."

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) battle along the boards during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) battle along the boards during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk were both named as part of the NHL Network's list of top 20 defensemen in the NHL.

McDonagh was ranked 17th while Shattenkirk was ranked 15th.

Both McDonagh and Shattenkirk were listed as two of The Hockey News' top 50 players.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Kevin Shattenkirk has been skating this summer with Chris Kreider to prepare for the season. (New Caanan News)

Shattenkirk said that he and Kreider skate during the summers with Chris Gragnano, a skills coach, and that he helps them get ready for the season. (New Caanan News)

Kreider said recently that he has stayed around the area for most of the summer and has been working out and getting on the ice.

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May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Kevin Shattenkirk played 19 regular season game for the Capitals, scoring 2 goals and 12 assists to go along with 46 shots on goal and an average ice time of 20:12 per game.

When he was acquired by the Capitals, GM Brian Maclellan said "Kevin is a skilled, puck moving defenseman who we think will help our team at even strength and on the power play."

Former Caps winger Justin Williams said, '"He's not just an offensive guy that's going to shy away when it gets tough. Yes, he's good offensively. But he doesn't back down, and that's what I like."

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said that Shattenkirk is a patient, smart player and right after he was acquired said "e played with two different D partners he has never played with before and he looks like they've played together all year."

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Jan 21, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal with teammates after he scores on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Jan 21, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal with teammates after he scores on Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

While speaking about some of the defensemen he will coach this season, Lindy Ruff said that Kevin Shattenkirk is one of the "best offensive defensemen and one of the best power play defensemen" in the NHL. (NYR)

At NHL.com, Rob Vollman writes Kevin Shattenkirk has been the most "dominant" PP defenseman in the NHL and that over the last four years he has scored an average of 6.21 points per 60 minutes.

Since 2013-14 Shattenkirk ranks 9th among defensemen in points per game (.65) and 11th in overall points for a defenseman (189) at even strength but is second in total PP points with 104.

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When Kevin Shattenkirk signed with the Rangers he mentioned a few players that he liked growing up but singled out Brian Leetch in particular.

Shattenkirk said that he tried to model his game after Leetch and take different parts of what Leetch did and put them in his own game.

Shortly after signing with the Rangers, Shattenkirk's mother told the NY Post that Leetch was the player he "adored" and that Leetch was "his guy."

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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

In The Hockey News Yearbook's list of Top 50 players, Kevin Shattenkirk ranked 34th and Ryan McDonagh ranked 35th.

On Shattenkirk, who was not ranked on last year's list, they wrote "the biggest free agent of the summer, Shattenkirk even gave his hometown Rangers a discount. In exchange, New York gets an elite puck-mover in his prime."ere he was already the Rangers'

On McDonagh, who was ranked 50th last year, they wrote "getting an elite, right-handed "D" partner in Shattenkirk is going to unlock McDonagh in New York, where he was already the Rangers' premier defenseman.

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7/30/17 | Kevin Shattenkirk said that he is "excited" about all of the pressure that will be placed upon him after signing with the Rangers.

He said that being from the area he understands things from the fans point of view and that he "welcomes it."

Shattenkirk said that this past season brought a lot of pressure to him as did the trade to the Capitals but he feels that he "prevailed" and came through it "pretty well."

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Apr 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak (46) in the first period in game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak (46) in the first period in game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

With the Caps down 2-0 to the Penguins int he second round, Kevin Shattenkirk was a minus 7 in the playoffs.

At the time, Barry Trotz said that Shattenkirk was doing some "really good things offensively" but that he's been "mooring that third pairing for us."

Shattenkirk said before Game 3 that he knew he hadn't been playing well enough and that he had to return to having "fun" on the ice. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

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Kevin Shattenkirk said that there were many factors at play in his decision to sign with the Rangers and that if you take away the playing at home factor, the biggest one was "which team is ready to win?"

He said that he likes the chance to win that the Rangers have and that he also gets the chance to play with Ryan McDonagh, "a great fit for me," as well as Brady Skjei, "a phenomenal left hand defenseman."

He said that Henrik Lundqvist has a big say in the Rangers window to win and added that the Rangers are always making moves to compete for a championship, saying that they have been a Cup contender every year he has been in the league.

Shattenkirk said, "It was a matter of having a chance to play at home, for sure, but really getting on a team that I think has a chance to win the Stanley Cup in the time frame that I am signing for. Really didn't find a better situation than here."

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GEICO Sportsnite: Shattenkirk 00:01:06
Kevin Shattenkirk is formally introduced to the media as a New York Ranger.

Kevin Shattenkirk met with the media on Tuesday at the Rangers practice facility and said (SNY, NYR):

  • On holding up his jersey, "it's pretty surreal. I walked in and they had the jersey for me, that was the last thing that I expected, a jersey with my number on it. I'm really privileged to play in the NHL every day and I don't take it for granted but to have it now with my favorite team, that really hits home."
  • Where are you going to live, "I don't have much with me, just my fiance and a dog. I think we will stick around in the City and we don't really have kids we have to worry about yet. I think we will move into the big city and get the full experience."
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The Rangers have announced that Kevin Shattenkirk will wear #22 for this season.

Nick Holden wore 22 for the Rangers last season and Shattenkirk said when he signed that his heart was set on wearing the number.

Shattenkirk joked when he signed, "I have not had the chance to talk to him yet but am hoping we can work out some sort of deal. I may have to sweeten the pot a bit but a couple of people told me he is a good guy so hopefully he won't shake me down too much."

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Feb 2, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) handles the puck during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports (Billy Hurst)
Feb 2, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) handles the puck during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports (Billy Hurst)

In his career, Kevin Shattenkirk averages 21:06 per game and he has twice played over 22 minutes a game.

By season, Shattenkirk played:

  • 11-12| 21:36 (2nd on St. Louis)
  • 12-13|21:18 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 13-14|20:34 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 14-15|22:23 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 15-16|22:25 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 16-17| 19:51 (5th on St. Louis)
  • 16-17| 20:02 (3rd on the Caps in 19 games)

Since 2011-12, Shattenkirk ranks 45th overall in total time on ice among all players, 16th in PP time for defensemen and 2nd in PP points, just behind Erik Karlsson.

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Mar 28, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Capitals defeated the Wild 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 28, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Capitals defeated the Wild 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

When Kevin Shattenkirk was signed last week, Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers were able to get a "really good player for a term that we could live with and felt was fair for him and fair for us."

It had been rumored that Shattenkirk would likely be able to command 7 years as a UFA but that the Rangers were not interested in that much term.

Shattenkirk said that he left term and money on the table to realize his dream of playing for the Rangers.

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Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) looks to pass the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) looks to pass the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

7/3/17 | "Playing with Ryan McDonagh" was a main reason that Kevin Shattenkirk mentioned multiple times on his conference call and in TV interviews on Saturday as a main reason why he signed with the Rangers.

Shattenkirk said that McDonagh is an "elite defenseman" and plays that a style that will mesh well with how he plays.

He said that McDonagh's skating ability should "drive" his game and that his goal is to "come in here and be a phenomenal defenseman for this team and I think Ryan McDonagh will help me achieve that."

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May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Kevin Shattenkirk held a conference call with the media and said the following:

  • On how much he wanted to play for the Rangers, "To me, I trust that the Rangers believe in me. The comfort factor was huge. I know there was some term and money left on the table but when you have an opportunity to fulfill a life long dream like this, it's an opportunity that may only come once in my career. I felt like this was my chance. I'm extremely excited about. A lot of the factors outside of money and term came into play and that is what ultimatley what won the decision for me."
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GEICO SportsNite: Shattenkirk 00:01:38
With NHL free agency underway, the Rangers signed star defenseman and New York native Kevin Shattenkirk.

7/1/17 | 3:17PM: The Rangers have confirmed that they have signed Shattenkirk.

2:26PM: Kevin Shattenkirk will sign a four-year deal with the Rangers that has a cap hit of $6.65 million.

Shattenkirk, 28, is a right shot defenseman who has 68 goals and 230 assists in 490 games.

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Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

7/1/17 | 2:23PM: Frank Seravalli tweets that he is hearing Shattenkirk is going to the Rangers.

Bob McKenzie says that it's likely to be a four-year deal.

11:46AM: Larry Brooks says that as of now Shattenkirk is weighing all options and has not yet decided on a team.

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May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

7/1/17 | 11:13M: Larry Brooks writes that the reported deal between Shattenkirk and the Rangers is "not accurate."

11:11AM: Shattenkirk's camp tells Frank Seravalli that he hasn't decided where he will sign yet.

10:56AM: Kevin Weekes reports that Shattenkirk will sign a FOUR-YEAR deal with the Rangers worth $6.9 million per season.

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Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

6/26/17 | 5:25PM: Bob McKenzie was on TSN 1260 in Edmonton and Monday and was asked about Kevin Shattenkirk and the Rangers.

McKenzie said, "I don't know that the Rangers are as eager for Shattenkirk that everyone says they are. They might get in those sweepstakes but quite frankly, a big part of the reason they made the Stepan deal was that they were trying to shed a contract.

6/19/17 |Larry Brooks wrote on Monday that there is "no reason to expect" that the Rangers will sign Kevin Shattenkirk to the 6-7 year deal between $6.25 and $6.75 million he could likely command. (NY Post)

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Apr 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak (46) in the first period in game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak (46) in the first period in game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

8:42PM: Pierre LeBrun says that Shattenkirk will meet with his agents this week to narrow down the list of his desired teams.

9:12AM: The Hockey News has ranked Kevin Shattenkirk as the top UFA on the market this summer, listing the teams where he would fit best as the Rangers, Bruins and Lightning.

  • Shattenkirk reportedly turned down a trade to and extension from Tampa Bay that would have been worth $42 million over seven years. (STL Today)

They write that Shattenkirk is "undersized and looked overwhelmed and exposed at times during the playoffs" but added that he's a right handed shot and an "excellent puck mover."

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May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

5/15/17 | While talking about a possible return to the Washington Capitals, pending UFA Kevin Shattenkirk said that if he did return he would want a bigger role. (TSN)

Shattenkirk was acquired by the Capitals at the trade deadline and in 19 regular season games played 20:12 and had 14 points, 18 hits, 26 blocked shots, 18 takeaways and 11 giveaways.

In the playoffs, Shattenkirk had 1 goal, 5 assists, a minus r rating, 20 hits, 22 blocked shots, 5 takeaways and 12 giveaways in 18:27 per game.

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