Kevin Shattenkirk met with the media to discuss his knee surgery and said (NYR):
- "I have a meniscus tear in my left knee. Something that I have had all season and trying to play through and it's come to a point now where looking at all the options, trying to stick it out or make it through the season with the way that it's been going, I think it's the right time to get surgery and handle it and take care of it before it becomes something that we don't want to do down the line that could put me out for a crucial part of the season."
- On the timetable, "it's kind of indefinite right now, I will go and see the doctors today and talk through the surgery and get a better idea from them. It's definitely not something that will put me out for the remember of the season. That is why we are approaching it now and taking care of it now. Get the surgery on Monday and go from there and try to rehab as soon as possible."
- Did it hurt your play, "it's been painful and something that I have been able to, with the training staff here, manage the pain and what really has been the x-factor is that it limits me off the ice as far as training and keeping my body in the normal shape that I normally can. I feel that because of it my left leg is getting a lot weaker and not allowing me to play my game and have the escapability and explosiveness in my skating that anyone will tell you is a big part of my game. I feel like recently it's been something that has been glaring. It's the point where we needed to decide whether we were going to do this and it's the right thing to do in the long run."
- On the emotions of the decision, "it's tough. I think that thinking about this year, you want everything to go perfectly and I think I have been trying to battle through this for a lot of reasons and when it came down to it, today and talking about it, you have to think about yourself and I have been worried about a lot more things, trying not to disappoint a lot of people, me included in that. It's hard to be leaving a team, it's never easy to be sidelined, you are not around the team as much or hang around with the guys or feel that camaraderie. I also feel like what I was putting out on the ice, 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."
- "It's been going on since around the end of September into early October. We did a cortisone shot before the season which helped and started to wear off right around 8-10 weeks or so. We tried another PRP injection over the bye week and it's just the inflammation and everything started to creep back in. It's been going on all season, something we have been trying to progressively attack and it hasn't responded the way we hoped it would.