3/24/18 | Shattenkirk said that he wants to get into a game so that he doesn't have to wait until next season to test his knee out in a game. (NY Post)
He said that he won't risk hurting his knee if it's not 100% but if he is 100% he wants to get in no matter how many games are left. (NY Post)
Shattenkirk told the NY Post he hopes to be cleared to return by next Wednesday and to play in the final five games of the season.
Alain Vigneault said that Shattenkirk needs a couple more "good, hard skates" but that he has been looking good and skating powerfully on the ice. (NY Post)
3/21/18 | 7:59PM: Larry Brooks writes that Shattenkirk plans to "ramp" things up in his recovery with the intention of returning before the season ends. (NY Post)
3/20/18 | 6:06PM: Asked about Kevin Shattenkirk's status, Alain Vigneault said
- On Kevin Shattenkirk, "we had this discussion, I think last week when our doctors shut him down because the knee has swollen. Him and I both agree on this, even if it's one game it would be a good idea for his sake to get out there and play. People may disagree with that but if the knee is 100% we would like him to get in as many games as he can. It's just a matter now of getting into game timing and game conditioning and if the knee will continue to react positively."
- Why would it be a good thing, "mentally as a player you want to know if you can go and play. I just think that for his psyche and mindset it would be a good thing."
- What are the chances that happens, "I think very good, from what I have seen so far, I would say that within a couple of weeks, if things go the way they are supposed to go they are supposed to go he should be good to go."
11:11AM: Kevin Shattenkirk is on the ice at the Rangers optional morning skate today. (Morreale)
Alain Vigneault said on Monday that Shattenkirk skated that morning, was feeling good and they were going to see how his knee reacts.
Vigneault said last week that Shattenkirk had been shut down for a couple of days after feeling some discomfort.
He added, "the docs felt that they would hold him back for a couple of days and hopefully in a short amount of time he will be back skating and getting into the groove here."
Shattenkirk said on March 9th that he was feeling good and discussed his rehab.