Kevin Shattenkirk, Lightning agree to one-year deal after Rangers buyout

Lightning sign D Shattenkirk to one-year deal

Lightning sign D Shattenkirk to one-year deal

The 30-year-old signed on with the Tampa Bay Lightning via a one-year, $1.75-million deal Monday, speaking to reporters soon after to reflect on his disappointing exit from NY.

"I was pretty pissed off about it", Shattenkirk said, according to Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press. "Obviously, it didn't work out with injuries and performance and with the direction of [the Rangers], the way that kind of deteriorated from when I signed on July 1 (2017) until now".

Shattenkirk was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche 14th overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft. "There's something for me to prove individually, but a big reason why I came there is because they're looking to break through". And I know those guys are hungry to do it. The former first-round pick played just 46 games in the previous season for NY.

The Rangers bought out Shattenkirk last week with two years and $12.6 million remaining on a deal he signed in 2017.

Lightning vice-president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday.

Shattenkirk played 73 games for the Rangers last season, finishing with two goals and ranking first among the team's defencemen in assists (26) and points (28).

Shattenkirk has played in 609 National Hockey League games over nine seasons with the Rangers, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche, recording 75 goals and 349 points.

"After a full summer of training when he's healthy and he feels confident in his leg, we expect him to be a strong contributor for our team this coming season", BriseBois said.