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The Latest On Kevin Shattenkirk

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

I reported on Insider Trading Thursday that there are a number of teams with interest in Kevin Shattenkirk. These clubs believe he can help as a rental, but they’re also suffering from sticker shock, with the rumoured open-market number for the pending unrestricted free agent floating around $7 million per on a seven or eight-year term. 

I seemed to rankle a few on social media by acknowledging Shattenkirk is viewed by some with interest as a power-play specialist who isn't great at 5-on-5. On a contending team, he's seen as a second- pairing defenceman at best.

To be clear, this isn't my assessment of Shattenkirk's play. It’s the opinion of coaches and general managers who know his game, have an appreciation for his talent and have interest in what he might bring to their club. They also have reservations based on his perceived limitations and, obviously, the St Louis Blues’ asking price....

Sources say the asking price for Shattenkirk last summer was a young roster player and a first-round pick – a price too lofty for teams to pay for a player entering the final year of his contract. If a team steps up in the days ahead with interest in a trade and extension, St. Louis might attract a decent package. Based on the multiple teams I talked to who have interest, the term and top-end dollar will be a problem.

more plus the Canadiens are all in...

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Stay away, Kenny

Posted by George0211 on 02/03/17 at 02:30 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

He wwill trade AA, for sure, Mrazek, maybe Vanek, Eat some salary and throw in a 1st round pick next next years draft , this year’s draft is average.I can’t think of anyone else

Now that is a KH trade!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/03/17 at 02:55 PM ET

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It is worth noting that Shattenkirk seems to have had Hitchcock’s trust as of late more than Pietrangelo (who also hasn’t been producing).  My understanding from what I’ve read around on is Pietrangelo’s play has maaaaaaaybe given STL at least initial second thoughts about moving Shattenkirk.  They don’t want to move him, have Pietrangelo become a dud, and then have neither basically.

You have to wonder what Shattenkrik could do with a partner than can skate better than Bouwmeester probably can right now, I don’t think he has the mobility he used to have.

Posted by Primis on 02/03/17 at 03:07 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Pietrangelo is more of a shutdown defenseman. He blocks twice as many shots as Shattenkirk and has 14 GVA and 31 TKA ratio makes Shattenkirk 25 GVA to 15 TKA look bad.
Piettrangelo is also the “C” and is -4 to Shattenkirks -12 on a team who’s goalie has been horrible.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 02/03/17 at 05:40 PM ET


A puck moving Dman? go for it Kenny. your team needs somone on the blueline who can hold on to the puck.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/03/17 at 05:45 PM ET

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