2/27/17 | 12:08PM: Craig Custance had a source shoot down any potential Shattenkirk deal with the Rangers that would involve Chris Kreider. (ESPN)
He noted that there is a growing belief that the Rangers are the "heavy favorites" for Shattenkirk in free agency. (ESPN)
2/26/17 | 9:15AM: Bruce Garrioch writes that a sign and trade likely won't happen with Shattenkirk and that the "belief" is that he will sign with the Rangers next season. (Ottawa Sun)
Veteran hockey writer Jim Matheson tweeted "Folks in NY. Shattenkirk will play with Rangers long-term if traded. This is no rental so NYR would have to give up lots"
- Nick Kypreos said: "a lot of teams are thinking that money isn't the be all end all and that he is truly trying to pick his spot on where to play next season..."
- Elliotte Friedman then said: "Rangers"
- Kypreos and Ron MacLean both laughed and said "Rangers"
2/25/17 | 9:23PM: Unless the "price drops dramatically" the Rangers do not have a "realistic" shot at landing Kevin Shattenkirk as a rental, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)
2/24/17 | 12:06PM: Elliotte Friedman was on the radio today and talked about the feeling that certain NHL people have that Shattenkirk wants to play for the Rangers and that they are his number one choice this offseason. (Nichols)
He said that Shattenkirk likely turned down a potential contract extension with Tampa Bay because the Rangers are his top choice and the Bruins are his second choice. (Nichols)
10:03AM: Dreger reports that the Rangers have talked with St. Louis about Kevin Shattenkirk but that the price is too high. (TSN 1050)
2/23/17 | 8:34PM: Darren Dreger noted the Rangers as a team that will "dabble" in talks for Shattenkirk and are one of the teams that has expressed interest. (TSN)
The rental price for Shattenkirk is reportedly a first round pick, top prospect and "something else," according to Bob McKenzie. (TSN)
McKenzie also noted that three teams in the past year have made deals with St. Louis for Shattenkirk pending that a contract extension could be signed. (TSN)
He said that Shattenkrik reportedly turned down an extension of seven-years and $6 million per season during those talks. (TSN)
2/15/17 | 9:07PM: On NBCSN, Darren Dreger said that the asking price for Kevin Shattenkirk, as a rental, is "incredibly high" and features a prospect and a first round pick.
Dreger added that a third piece may even need to be added depending on the draft pick or prospect.
2/3 | 1:23PM: Darren Dreger writes that the feeling from coaches and GMs around the league is that Shattenkirk is a second pairing defenseman "at best" on a contending team. (TSN)
Dreger writes that it's believed that St. Louis will trade Shattenkirk because they don't want to let another important player leave as a UFA for nothing. (TSN)
He again notes that teams are having some "sticker shock" at what Shattenkirk could ask for as a UFA but added "the consensus is that someone will pay him." (TSN)
2/2 | 7:35PM: Pierre LeBrun says that the Rangers are one of the teams that have called St. Louis about Kevin Shattenkirk. (TSN)
LeBrun said "several teams have made calls to St. Louis, among them, the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. The interesting thing is this, we have talked about the possibility of a sign and trade with Kevin Shattenkirk, which remains a possibility, because the Blues would get more in return, not a single team yet has made that offer to St. Louis. My understanding is that every call that the Blues get is about a rental situation only. I think the flat salary cap might be scaring teams off."
Darren Dreger then said, "the reason why they are interested in the rental is because of the term that Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to command, whether it be 7 or 8 years and money that some GMs with interest believe could be higher than $7 million per. While they are interested and willing to talk and negotiate on the assets that St. Louis will ask for to acquire Shattenkirk, the reality is that he's a second pair defenseman, some teams have him ranked as a third pair defenseman. Yes, he is a PP specialist but if you are giving up that kind of coin you need more than that."
Adam Rotter: Shattenkirk fits part of what the Rangers want/need as a right shot that can play big minutes and run a PP. He isn't a defensive wizard who will clean up what ails the Rangers with their defensive structure. He's similar to Keith Yandle in a general sense of what he can bring and what his role would be.
I don't think anyone will look to go the extension route with Shattenkirk unless they are willing to grossly overpay, both in assets to acquire him and in cap dollars, to prevent him from going to UFA. The Rangers don't and shouldn't need to do that since many think they are a favorite to land him on July 1.