Friedman reaffirms our report that Shattenkirk wants to play for the Rangers
On July 23rd we published a report that Kevin Shattenkirk and his agent were working on coming to the Rangers via trade. At that time a source based in the Hamptons where Shattenkirk spends time at during the summer, informed us that the defenseman’s agent was trying to maneuver a deal to the Rangers.
Friedman’s Latest 30 for 30
Earlier this week, Elliotte Friedman reported the following:
As for Shattenkirk, in all of last summer’s rumours, I didn’t realize until last week that some teams were actually allowed to talk to him. As usual, the particular clubs and agent Jordan Neumann weren’t talking, but Arizona and Edmonton had their shot. Don’t think Shattenkirk was too interested in Northern Alberta, but the Coyotes apparently did make some headway. A few teams believe the Connecticut-born defender eyes the New York Rangers, but that will take some salary-cap dancing.
Shatty’s NY Desires
Shattenkirk was born in Greenwich, CT but grew up in Westchester, NY. He played High School hockey for Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT. His twitter bio says “New Yorker at heart”.
In 2014 he told StLouisBlues.com, “I think going home and playing in Madison Square Garden in front of my family is something I always dreamed of. I know sometimes my parents can’t believe it’s happening.” Now, just one year away from becoming a UFA he is in the driver’s seat of making that dream come true.
The fact that he is being stern about refusing to discuss an extension with any other team is handcuffing the Blues. Doug Armstrong can choose to hold on to him and watch his value plummet as he becomes a rental at the deadline. Or they can discuss a deal that makes sense with the Rangers who desperately need a top pairing RH defenseman.