Rangers Roundup: Eichel news aftermath, Shattenkirk speaks up, and more
The New York Rangers jettisoned two very important players and they are now Stanley Cup Champions. Also the news that the Rangers called the Buffalo Sabres about Jack Eichel caused quite a stir, but some fans are a little overboard about it.
Kevin Shattenkirk reflects on NY after winning the Cup
Kevin Shattenkirk signed with the New York Rangers in the summer of 2017. He did so as the top UFA on the market and with a major hometown discount. Kevin wanted to play for his boyhood team so bad he gave up three years of term.
Unfortunately, Shattenkirk struggled as well as the entire team. On top of that, he was battling through a knee injury that eventually required surgery. This led to him being bought out in the summer of 2019. He was angry and hurt and he used that to fuel his Cup run.
After winning the Cup he was interviewed by NBC and he said, “It was a hard road in New York, there was a lot of tough times.” Shatty was visibly upset talking about it while reflecting. He perked up talking about deciding to sign with Tampa because they believed in him and now he’s a champ.
Jack Eichel news aftermath
If you slept in all day, you may have missed the news from yesterday. NHL Insider, Bob McKenzie reported on recent Jack Eichel speculation and where there is smoke, there’s fire.
We learned that at some point after Eichel went public about being upset with the Sabres constant losing, teams called on him. McKenzie confirmed that the Rangers were indeed one of those teams.
What that has led to is rampant speculation that there were actual offers made by Gorton. Names like Kaapo Kakko were thrown out there like candy. Well anyone saying that there were names discussed missed this key line from McKenzie, “None of those talks with other clubs resulted in Eichel trade traction.”
I asked around and that means the calls probably went something like this.
GM: Hey, what’s going on with Jack? Are you open to moving him?
Sabres: We will work it out, and no we are not moving Jack Eichel.
Tony DeAngelo reacts to Shattenkirk winning Cup
Tony DeAngelo took to Twitter to drop a message for Shatty last night.