DeAngelo has made Shattenkirk expendable for the Rangers

AP

In a matter of eight short days during the summer of 2017, the New York Rangers acquired the services of two right-handed offensive defensemen. One was a touted commodity on the free agent market, Kevin Shattenkirk. The other was a talented prospect that had trouble finding his game, Tony DeAngelo.

Fast forward to the present day, and Kevin Shattenkirk simply has not been worth the $6.6 million ticket he signed in July of 2017. Having said that, a veteran offensive defenseman is an incredible commodity to have, especially if a team is looking to go on a run to the Stanley Cup.

Conversely, DeAngelo has needed some seasoning and tough love; but it seems as if he is starting to find his game. A major problem with Tony DeAngelo was his maturity and it may still take some ironing out, but it seems as though David Quinn has helped start the process.

DeAngelo has been snapping passes tape to tape, he’s skated around the ice almost effortlessly and has even shown grit by sticking up for his teammates.

Building Blocks

At the time of the Shattenkirk signing, the team obviously was not anticipating a rebuild. Yet, this is where the organization stands, in a rebuilding period. The biggest issue with rebuilding sometimes isn’t just the prospects you are able to accrue and grow. It’s about the veterans helping the youngsters mature.

A player like Shattenkirk absolutely could be that role model for DeAngelo and show him the ropes, so to speak. On the other hand, it also causes a bit of a logjam on the blue line. The problem with Shattenkirk isn’t just his play, it’s the fact that he is not a top defenseman – which means he is either taking ice time away from DeAngelo, or is forcing DeAngelo to play first pair minutes. Either way, it actually does a disservice to the younger players that are coming up hoping to make a difference.

Passing of the Torch

Kevin Shattenkirk is a valuable player. Much like every player in the National Hockey League, he needs to play in his role to succeed. A team that is rebuilding and trying to gain assets while also striking at the right moment doesn’t fit Shatty’s role. Whether at the draft or deadline, Shattenkirk has become expendable.

Not because of the state the team, but rather the development and growth of a young defenseman. The return would most certainly be impressive, especially if he went to a team with backend depth like Tampa Bay. That, however, would be the cherry on top as it would allow DeAngelo to continue his strong play. Every player needs to be put in the right role to succeed, and DeAngelo has begun that process. Now is the time for the Rangers to cash in on his growth.

5 thoughts on “DeAngelo has made Shattenkirk expendable for the Rangers

  • February 22, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    Agree with the premise of this article
    – Shattenkirk is a valuable resource on a team that has a requirement for a very specific offensive defensemen ! ( ie Yandle)
    – the Rangers are fortunate to have young players ( DeAngelo .Pionk , Skjei , Gilmour ) who can successfull play this role in a rebuilding team .
    On a rebuilding team , Shattenkirk is wasted …. Hopefully they can trade him to a team who will go deeply in the playoffs , which needs his skill set !
    Good luck getting a reasonable return ??

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    He’s horrible, give away and eat some salary

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    The time for sugar coating Shattnkirk has long been over. There is no impressive haul coming back for him.

    When he signed many Ranger fans thought they were getting a #1 pairing dman whose offensive game would lead the Rangers. Many hadnt noticed that Shattenkirk struggled as a 2nd pairing dman in St. Louis and a young Colton Poranko didn’t give the Blues any pause in moving Shattenkirk. The Caps thought they got a dman who would take the Caps to the next level
    but Trotz quickly saw that was an illusion. The Caps tried to hide him on the bottom pairing with Brooks Orpik and Cap fans hopes and dreams quickly vanished.

    Today Shattenkirk game has reduced him to a highly overpriced depth dman. His days off running a power play a long gone and his offensive doesn’t outshine his defensive miscues anymore. He is struggling to out produce Marc Staal, Staal actually has more goals than Shattenkirk….. let that sink in.

    The Rangers signed him because of his name value despite the fact he was never a top pairing dman, his play had deteriorated to the point the Caps couldn’t hide him on the ice and he was passed over in the World Cup of Hockey by the likes of Eric Johnson and Matt Niskanen. His current play holds very little value to teams vying for the playoffs. Jeff Gorton has his hands filled in finding a team to take Shattenkirk off our hands. It’s only a matter of time before Shattenkirk will be treated like Tom Poti, getting booed by the crowd because of their frustration. Let’s be honest, Tom Poti would be an upgrade at this moment, that shows you how far Shattenkirk’s game as fallen.

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:42 am
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    Good luck trading Shatty
    Not impossible, but not likely either

  • February 25, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I thought Shattenkirk had a NTC anyway? I must be thinking of Staal. I know he does. But I thought Shattenkirk did too. Anyway, I kept saying before we got him “he’s not a top D man”. I remember seeing fans all excited listing what our D was gonna look like that year and saying how great it’s gonna be now with Mac having Shattenkirk on the top line with him so he can shine again. I got news for ya even Mac wasn’t the same player and a great top D man.by then let alone Shattenkirk. You would think that the Rangers May have held off on him when Trotz didn’t even value him too highly at a time they were deseperately trying to win their first cup finally. I guess they figured they had a chance to get him shorter term and less money then anyone else was gonna get him for.

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