Lightning Sign Ex-Ranger Shattenkirk

Ryan Chatelain
August 05, 2019 - 10:30 am
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have added another former Ranger to their roster, signing defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. 

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The Lightning announced Monday they signed Shattenkirk to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The Rangers bought out the final two years of Shattenkirk's contract last week. The New Rochelle native signed a four-year, $26.65 million deal in July 2017, taking less money to join the team he grew up cheering for. He was one of the most productive defensemen in the league when he came to New York, but his time in the Big Apple was hindered by injuries, and he was never really able to recreate the production that made him a star with the St. Louis Blues.

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The buyout saved the Rangers over $5 million against the cap this coming season.

Tampa Bay has become a familiar landing spot for former Rangers in recent years. Last year's Lightning roster included Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller and Anton Stralman, although only McDonagh remains from that group heading into the 2019-20 season.

Shattenkirk, 30, skated in 73 games last season and had two goals and 26 assists for 28 points.