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."
Shattenkirk noted that he left some term and money on the table but the opportunity to "fulfill a life long dream" could only come once in a career.
He added, "I envisioned myself as a Ranger from the moment I stepped on the ice as a kid" and that he would watch "players like Mark Messier Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, Jeff Beukeboom, Alexei Kovalev and Sergei Zubov at Rye Playland where the Rangers practiced practice.
Shattenkirk said that his hope would be to stay with the Rangers past his current four-year deal and that in the end it could be as if he did sign a long-term deal with the Rangers this summer. (NHL Network)
Shattenkirk has also said that getting the chance to play with Ryan McDonagh played a big part in his decision to sign with the Rangers.
Adam Rotter: After a few years of this lingering as a possibility and then the actual contract signing in July, Kevin Shattenkirk is finally just a few weeks away from stepping onto the ice in a Rangers jersey. There will certainly be a lot of pressure on him to produce and produce right away. He definitely generated a lot of goodwill based upon working with the Rangers to sign, and continuing to profess his undying love for the organization and city, but we are getting close to the time where Shattenkirk will need to perform and be the player that most of us, the Rangers and himself think that he can be.