No one saw this coming…
And yet, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has already found a new NHL team to play for for the 2019-20 season.
And not just any team. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Monday morning that they have signed the veteran blue liner to a one-year contract, worth $1.75 million. He also gets a no-trade clause protection in his new deal.
Last week, the New York Rangers proceeded to buy out the contract of the defenseman. Shattenkirk played only two seasons after signing a $26.6 million, four-year contract with New York. He had just seven goals and 44 assists in 119 games. He was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round, 14th overall, at the 2007 NHL Draft.
Unfortunately for Shattenkirk, he hasn’t been the same since requiring surgery on his left knee in 2018. However, this new change of scenery, plus the chance to play for a Stanley Cup contender with the Bolts, could be the boost he needs to get back on track in the NHL.