Tim Haggerty- Kevin Shattenkirk
The New York Rangers should pursue free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk this summer.
Shattenkirk is the perfect fit for the Rangers. He plays a unique, puck-moving style that the Rangers desperately need.
The Rangers defense is in serious need of an upgrade. Girardi, Staal, and Holden leave a fatal hole that needs to he plugged. Shattenkirk would plug that hole and then some.
If the Rangers play their cards right, the price should not be a problem. Shattenkirk should ask for $6.5-$7 million per year. The Rangers have the room in the cap for that, and a buyout of Girardi and/or Staal could open up even more space.
Born and raised in New Rochelle, New York, Shattenkirk wants to come home and play for his childhood team, the Rangers. The opportunity is knocking at the door, and all the Rangers have to do is open it.