Kevin Shattenkirk was on ESPN Radio on Friday and said the following about the Rangers:
- How are you feeling, "I'm feeling very well, I think it's four weeks, this Monday. It's been a fairly active recovery, which has been helpful for me to stay in shape and stay ready. The next 3-4 weeks will be important once I get on the ice and see how everything feels with my stride and strength and that will determine my timeline from that point on."
- How long were you playing with that injury, "it happened in training camp, it was about five months or so. It's something that grew worse over the course of the season. We were able to take control of it and make it manageable through the season but once it got to January it kind of came to a head. I didn't want to get surgery in March and have to miss any important time down the stretch and we kind of figured it was the right time in Jan to do it and get me back in time for a late push."
- How much did it impact you, "I think that I would say that up until 12/1, I had a cortisone shot early in the year but that eventually wears off and 12/1 to the middle of the month it started to rear it's head again. I don't want to make excuses but for a player like me that uses his skating a lot to drive his game, it started to impact me and I noticed that. I was hurting the team more than I was helping them and that is when you have to swallow your pride and make a decision like that."
- "There were moments when I was feeling like I was letting people down, the big free agent signing and you want to perform and win for your team. The way it was handled by the training staff was tremendous, we had a plan, set it forward and I think what I really didn't anticipate was how much strength I was going to lose in my left leg because of it. Not being able to keep my conditioning off the ice, something so small, not being able to do a squat and you see your leg starting to deteriorate and like I said, I started to notice my skating suffering and that is what prompted me to get surgery."
- On the team looking to the future, "that was very hard as a player, it's tough when you are on the outside looking in, you are not around the team, you can't get a good feel for the team and how the guys are doing and we have been on the road a lot lately so something as simple as seeing them at the practice rink has been limiting for me. I think that it's very disheartening as a player but the way they responded the two games after with a lot of heart and a chip on their shoulder, the last two are games we would love to have back and that we feel we let slip away, it's hard. I feel for those guys and the ones that everyone is talking about being traded, I was there last year and I know how it feels and how tough it can be, they have treated it like pros and come to work and given their best every night for a team that they don't know if they will wake up wearing that jersey the next day."
- Do you feel you are really a member of the team, "I think that no matter how it's treated throughout sports, you are so used to going to the locker room every day, being around teamamtes that are like brothers. You are on a totally different routine from what they have going on, whether the travel or doing the rehab at different times. You feel disconnected from the team but the guys have done a great job of keeping me included in a lot of things and did a great job in the first half of the year for making sure that I felt comfortable with them and in the room, because of that, I feel that I have made my presence felt and that I am part of the team but like you said, it's hard when you are getting into it and then you have a set back that keeps you away from the guys."
- Do you play with a chip after what the team said, "I think that when that announcement is made you feel as if you are failing and not living up to your end of the bargain, I don't think anyone would sugarcoat and say that we are better than we have shown, our record has indicated that. Our team has a lot of spirit and we have a lot of guys and great leaders in the room that can drive that bus for us and unfortunately we have a lot of major injuries right now and a lot of important guys on the sidelines. We all feel that if we can hang around a little longer that we have some difference makers that can make a pretty serious push at this thing."
- Are you determined to play this year, "that is obviously something I have thought about and the injury itself, the timetable has always been me coming back and playing before the season ends. We are definitely not going back and I'm not going to be on the ice unless I am 100%. The best part of this injury is that with a torn meniscus they go in there, scope it, clean it up and there is no chance to re-injure anything. It's just a matter of getting my range of motion, muscles back. It's not something that has been repaired that could be injured again."
- On Henrik saying he wants to stay, "someone who has known what the Rangers embody and I have obviously been following the Rangers since Henrik has been on the team. It's no surprise to us in the locker room, we know how passionate he is about NY, he has fallen in love with the city and vice versa and he has become a New Yorker. He is very passionate about this team and doesn't want to quit on anything, whether it's a rebuild, trying to make the playoffs, whatever it may be. He is fully vested and as a teammate, we all know that going into every game and every season."