Former Rangers’ D Kevin Shattenkirk Signs With Lightning

Kevin Shattenkirk with Rangers. Photo by Kostas Lymperopoulos/CSM/Shutterstock

It didn’t take long for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to find a new team following a contract buyout he agreed with New York Rangers. After considering several offers, Shattenkirk ended up accepting the one from Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay’s vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced on Monday that Shattenkirk inked a one year deal, worth $1.75 million with the organization.

After hitting the free-agent market in summer of 2017 as an intriguing target for many NHL teams, Kevin Shattenkirk decided to sign a four-year, $26 million contract with the Rangers. Shattenkirk’s  first year in New York, however, was plagued by injuries and he ended up playing only 46 games in 2017/19.

Although his production improved in the following year, Rangers already decided they are going down the rebuilding path, and there was no place for the 30-year-old on the team anymore. He left the team after playing 119 games and contributing seven goals and 44 assists in two seasons.

Shattenkirk, who was 14th overall pick by Colorado Avalanche in 2007, also spent time with St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. His NHL career stats include 609 games, 75 goals, and 274 assists.