After reports surfaced earlier that the New York Rangers were close to finalizing a deal for Kevin Shattenkirk, it appears as if they have finally landed their man. According to Andy Strickland, Shattenkirk has officially signed a contract with the Rangers that will pay him $6.65 per season over a four year span.
This signing is obviously a huge win on multiple levels for the Rangers. They not only lock up Shattenkirk for his prime years, but also avoid adding another long-term contract on the books. It has been said that Jeff Gorton has no interest in handicapping the Rangers after unloading some big contracts, so this falls right in line with that thinking. In addition, the Rangers also get Shattenkirk for an extremely reasonable $6.65 million, which comes in way below the market value that everyone expected.
With Shattenkirk officially New York bound, the Rangers top-four now consists of Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, and Brendan Smith. In short order, Jeff Gorton has not only shed the dead weight from the defense, but also completely revamped it by retaining Smith and adding Shattenkirk to the mix.