After announcing that he would have surgery, Kevin Shattenkirk said that the season had obviously not gone how he wanted it to and that he wasn't able to bring his best on the ice.
He said, "I wasn't giving the guys on the team the best that I had and that almost makes you feel even worse. You don't want to disappoint a teammate and I think that this is the first step to get back to where I am and have a meaningful impact on this team down the stretch."
Shattenkirk added, "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.
After the season ended, Shattenkirk said that he is "very determined this summer to get back in amazing shape and be the hockey player that management and the fans expected to see."
He added that he felt he was able to play his game in "bits and pieces" but that it wasn't a "true representation of the player that I am or player I want to be for this team.
Asked about what role he could have next season, Shattenkirk said that he tried to embrace being a leader early on but, "part of getting comfortable and having a voice is performing and not being able to perform at my top level kind of made me a little hesitant to be a vocal guy in the locker room. That is something that I regret and you have to take the ups and downs the same way and approach it that way."
Shattenkirk said, I feel like I will bear a lot of the weight on my shoulders for next year and be a guy that the young players can follow, and be proud to call a teammate."
Adam Rotter: Last year didn't go as planned for Shattenkirk on the ice and it sure seemed like his injury had a big part in that. If he's healthy, which is the expectation, then Shattenkirk should have no issue returning to being the player he was before joining the Rangers. Shattenkirk, probably with Marc Staal, will be one of the veteran leaders on defense and it will be on him to work with and help develop some of the young defenders, most of all Tony DeAngelo.