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."
Adam Rotter: If it's believed that the four teams that had the most interest in Shattenkirk were the Sabres, Devils, Tampa and Rangers, then you'd have to think that Tampa may have the first slot on the list of teams that can win. They might have missed the playoffs last year but they are deep, skilled and likely to make a run this year after deep runs the prior to seasons.
Of those four teams the Rangers are clearly in the second position as teams close to winning, though their division is still tough to get through and that easier path they had last year will very likely include Tampa Bay next season. We know that the main reason that Shattankirk signed was because he always wanted to be with the Rangers but it has to help that they are one of a few different teams that seem like they could be in a position to win over the next little while.