Lightning Sign Kevin Shattenkirk

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a one year, $1.5 million contract (as per Dan Rosen). Shattenkirk obtained UFA status on July 31st after the New York Rangers bought out his contract.

Prior to this, the Rangers found themselves above the $81.5 million salary cap ceiling and were in desperate need of cap relief. In shedding this contract, they were able to save $5 million to get themselves back under the limit.

Shattenkirk, 30, had two years remaining on the four year, $6.65 average annual value contract (AAV) he signed with the Rangers on July 1st 2017. The New York native originally signed the deal to return to his home town. However, his homecoming would not be a glorious one. The defenseman set career lows in most categories and suffered a torn meniscus during his first year.

In 78 games last season, Shattenkirk amassed two goals and 26 assists, for a total of 26 points. Whilst these figures are far from spectacular, Shattenkirk may find his game again when placed alongside the likes of Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman or former Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh.

Other defensemen vying for a spot on the Lightning blueline include Erik Cernak, Mikhail Sergachev, Jan Rutta, Luke Schenn, Luke Witkowski, and Braydon Coburn.

Lauren Jenthom is a Tampa Bay Lightning contributor at Overtime Heroics. Follow her on Twitter @LLNot_CoolJ

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