Kevin Shattenkirk gave the Rangers a hometown discount when he signed a four-year, $26.6 million with the club in the summer of 2017. He was supposed to lift the Rangers’ power play, but it never happened. A knee injury hurt his production and eventually required season-ending surgery in the first season; a hoped-for bounceback second season never materialized.
So, facing a desperate need to get their payroll under the NHL’s $81.5 million salary cap, the Rangers on Wednesday informed the 30-year-old Shattenkirk, a New Rochelle native, that they will buy out the remaining two years of his contract during the 48-hour buyout window that opens at midnight Thursday and closes at midnight Saturday.
His agent, Jordan Neumann, confirmed the news. Shattenkirk, whose wife delivered the couple’s first child in early July, finished his Rangers career with seven goals and 44 assists and a minus-29 rating in 119 games.