1/23/17 | 5:41PM: Larry Brooks writes that it is not clear yet if the Rangers are committed to a 7-year type of deal worth $45 million that Kevin Shattenkirk will likely command on his next contract but that if they are it would make more sense to sign him on July 1. (NY Post)
1/19/17: 7:01PM: Shattenkirk is reportedly willing to consider multiple options, in regards to a possible trade and extension, including Toronto, Rangers, Boston, San Jose, Colorado, Detroit or Anaheim. (TSN)
Elliotte Friedman noted on Thursday that "rightly or wrongly" there is a belief that Shattenkirk wants to sign with the Rangers. (FanRag)
1/18/17 | 3:26PM: Pierre LeBrun writes that St. Louis may have changed their stance regarding Shattenkirk and could look to trade him before the deadline. (ESPN)
Elliotte Friedman writes that if the Blues move Shattenkirk teams like Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton would be good fits as they chase for the playoffs. (Sportsnet)
He said that Shattenkirk would also get a big opportunity to look good ahead of being a free agent. (Sportsnet)
Freidman then adds, "Although, as I've said before, other teams are convinced he wants to play for the Rangers." (Sportsnet)
1/12/17 | 1:06PM:
Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is slated to be a UFA this summer and Darren Dreger said last week that the big question will be how much money he will get. (Fanrag)
He said that seven-years and $7 million per are what some people think Shattenkirk will be able to get. (Fanrag)
Dreger said that the rumor has always been that Shattenkirk has wanted to play on the East coast and pointed to the Bruins, the Rangers and maybe the Flyers as teams that could be interested. (Fanrag)
Last week Dreger said that Ken Hitchcock has nothing but praise for Shattenkirk's play on the ice and leadership and said that the Blues are likely going to keep him for a playoff run. (Fanrag)
This season, Shattenkirk has 8 goals and 18 assists in 41 games, a minus 10 rating and an average of 20:03 per game.
Shattenkirk is from New Rochelle and spends his summers working at Connecticut with Ben Prentiss, the trainer for Marty St. Louis, Chris Kreider and others.
Shattenkirk said that part of what drew him to hockey was watching the Rangers and Brian Leetch win the Stanley Cup in 1994. He was coached in youth hockey by Rangers analyst and former captain Dave Maloney. (LoHud)
Adam Rotter: It's no lock that Shattenkirk signs with the Rangers on July 1, but there is a feeling that certain people around the NHL have that this is will be like when the Rangers landed Brad Richards. Other teams may be able to offer more money, staying in St. Louis would grant him another possible year to his contract, but that when Shattenkirk puts pen to paper it will be to join the Rangers.
He is local, grew up with the Rangers and there is a strong feeling that he wants to come home. The Rangers also need a right shot defenseman and his ability to QB the PP would be a nice addition as well.
The Rangers will need to make some maneuvers to make things work and fitting in Shattenkirk will put them into a cap crunch where every dollar will count. It's something (if you trade Kevin Hayes or JT Miller, move Kevin Klein and sign Mika Zibanejad to a short-term deal to lower his cap hit) the Rangers can likely make work.