The New York Rangers announced Saturday that they have signed free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
The 28-year-old defenseman agreed to a four-year, $26.6 million deal that averages out to a $6.65 million yearly cap hit.
Shattenkirk, a native of New Rochelle, New York grew up rooting for the Rangers, citing his love for his childhood team leading to the discounted price on his contract.
A native of New Rochelle, New York, Shattenkirk grew up rooting for the Rangers. He cited the love for his childhood team as the reason behind the impressive discount he took to sign in New York.
Shattenkirk told the New York Post in a conference call following his signing…
“I think [the decision] says that I trust that the New York Rangers believe in me. The comfortability factor was huge. Maybe money was left on the table, but when you have an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream like this that might come once in my career, this was my chance. A lot of factors other than money and term came into play, and that made the decision for me.”
Shattenkirk is hot off of a 56 point season after being moved at the trade deadline to the Washington Capitals from the St. Louis Blues. Despite a disappointing second-round exit in the playoffs for the Capitals, Shattenkirk ended the season on a high note reaching career highs in assists and points.
Since being drafted 14th overall in 2007 by the Colorado Avalanche, Shattenkirk has played in 490 games, earning 68 goals and 230 assists for a total of 298 career points.