The feasability of Kevin Shattenkirk's New York homecoming

Cam Lewis
December 07 2016 10:10AM

I wrote about Kevin Shattenkirk the other day as part of NHLN’s Future Free Agents series. With Brent Burns signed to an extension and off the market this summer, Shattenkirk easily becomes the class of 2017’s free agent defencemen by a country mile. He’s good, produces at an elite level, fancy stats, blah blah blah, all of that is obvious. We all know he’s an excellent player and most of the league will likely kick tires on him come July. 

But a common rumour that doesn’t seem to want to go away is the idea that Shattenkirk wants to return home to New York this summer and play for the Rangers. Elliotte Friedman mentioned this in 30 thoughts recently, other teams pulled out of trading for him because he wouldn’t sign an extension, and his damn Twitter profile explicitly says “New Yorker at heart.” 

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve got some insider knowledge on Kevin Shattenkrik and what he wants to do with his free agency this summer. What I will do, though, is take a look at the Rangers’ cap situation and try to determine if this whole thing is even feasible. 

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Future Free Agents: Kevin Shattenkirk

Cam Lewis
December 04 2016 02:06PM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

Since Brent Burns inked a wooly mammoth of a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks a couple of weeks ago, the spotlight shifts to Kevin Shattenkirk

The St. Louis Blues’ right-handed, puck-moving defenceman is now far and away the best blue liner set to become available on the free agent market this summer. While Shattenkirk isn’t quite the generational talent that Burns is, he’s still one of the game’s best at producing offence from the blue line and would be a welcome addition to just about every team in the league. 

Unfortunately, if speculation is correct, there may actually only be one team he’s interested in playing for. 

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NHLN Notebook: Florida's coaching change, and the rivalry between analytics and traditionalists

Cam Lewis
November 28 2016 03:51PM

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The Florida Panthers caused some drama Sunday night by firing head coach and “good hockey man” Gerard Gallant following a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. The fallout gave us a pretty long list of things to talk about. I'll try to break all of it down. 

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Top to Bottom: A reason for every NHL team to be thankful

Cam Lewis
November 24 2016 12:00PM

Hockey coverage is often so negative. We look at why things aren't going to happen or why a team is actually significantly worse than they appear to be. So to celebrate American Thanksgiving, let's look at a reason fans of every NHL team have to feel thankful.

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Future Free Agents: Brent Burns (UPDATE: Sharks, Burns agree on eight-year, $64M extension)

Cam Lewis
November 22 2016 11:00AM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

Brent Burns is one of the NHL's elite defencemen, with the skill and presence to completely control the game when he's on the ice. If the San Jose Sharks somehow allow him to hit the open market this summer, Burns is the kind of player who can singlehandedly make another team quite a bit better. 

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