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.