Rangers South just added another member, and this one has something to prove.
Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who was bought out last week by the Rangers, has agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In his first comments since the buyout, Shattenkirk expressed displeasure about how things ended on Broadway.
“I was pretty pissed off about it,” Shattenkirk said, according to the Associated Press.
The 30-year-old New Rochelle native’s rocky two-year homecoming came to an end as the Rangers needed salary-cap relief after the big summer acquisitions of Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba. The Rangers bought out the final two years of Shattenkirk’s four-year deal which carried a $6.65 million cap hit. That leaves $1,483,333 of dead money on the Rangers’ cap next season before it balloons to more than $6 million for 2020-21 then drops back to $1,433,333 for two more years.
With Trouba, Adam Fox and Tony DeAngelo all on the right side of the Rangers’ blue line, Shattenkirk didn’t have a definite role after two subpar seasons which began with a knee injury suffered during training camp in 2017.