Shattenkirk: second life with the Lightning
Veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has signed a $ 1.75 million one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lightning Vice President and General Manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal on Monday. Shattenkirk revealed he has chosen the Lightning as one of six or seven NHL teams interested in the Lightning. The New York Rangers bought his contract after their elimination in the first round of the series last spring.
“I am relieved now,” Shattenkirk said in a conference call. I want to show that I have become the player I once was and prove that I have a place in this league. “
Shattenkirk played 73 games with the New York Rangers last season, totaling two goals and placing at the team’s top for the assists (26) and points (28).
BriseBois said injuries were the main factor behind Shattenkirk’s two disappointing seasons in New York.
“After a full summer of health training, we expect him to make a big contribution to our team next season,” said BriseBois.
The 30-year-old played nine seasons in the league, also wearing the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche.
He has 75 goals and 349 points and 368 penalty minutes in 609 games. He was on the all-star team with the Blues in 2015 and added five goals and 34 points in 60 playoff games.
“It’s just a matter of having respect from other teams and my opponents.”
The New Rochelle American added that he did not regret signing a US $ 26.6 million four-year contract with the Rangers. “It’s definitely not a success,” said Shattenkirk. It must serve as learning experiences. “