As an unrestricted free agent in 2017, Kevin Shattenkirk had several teams who offered him a max seven-year deal. Instead, he took a four-year, $26.6 million deal to play with his hometown Rangers. “When it came down to it, [it was] not a numbers or terms thing, but it was where was going to be the best fit for me,” Shattenkirk said at the time. “Obviously, the opportunity to play for my lifelong favorite team and to live out a lifelong dream was something that I couldn’t let pass by.”
Two years and a month later, Shatty’s tenure in New York unceremoniously ended as the Rangers bought out the remaining two years left in his contract weeks after he became a father for his first time.
Monday, after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Shattenkirk sounded off about the situation, saying he was “pretty pissed off” about the Rangers buying him out.