When Kevin Shattenkirk was signed last week, Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers were able to get a "really good player for a term that we could live with and felt was fair for him and fair for us."
It had been rumored that Shattenkirk would likely be able to command 7 years as a UFA but that the Rangers were not interested in that much term.
Shattenkirk said that he left term and money on the table to realize his dream of playing for the Rangers.
Both the Devils and Sabres denied offering Shattenkirk 7 year and Devils GM Ray Shero said that Shattenkirk was interested in short-term deals.
Gorton said that the Rangers are trying to stay away from 5-6-7-8 year deals right now and "here is a player that really wants to be here, left money on the table and that sent a pretty strong message to us. These 7 year deals are generally there, he might have got one but thankfully for us we got a player who wants to play for the Rangers, is from here, is an excellent player and four years worked out for both of us.
The Rangers currently have no players under contract past the 2020-21 season when Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Brendan Smith and Henrik Lundqvist's contracts expire.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers are obviously aware of the potential issue with long-term contracts, especially since the salary cap has not grown to where it was expected when guys like Marc Staal and Dan Girardi signed their deals. With constant uncertainty around the cap flexibility is key and that is what the Rangers are going for.
I wonder though that the new CBA will have stricter limits (4-5 years) on signing UFAs but still give teams the option to re-sign their own players for 6-7 years or so. Teams would still regain some levels of flexibility and it may even bring a situation where a team can get value for a pending UFA since they could trade a pending UFA before July 1 and that player could get an additional 3-4 years on their contract with their new team.