Kevin Shattenkirk signs with Lightning after Rangers buyout

Rangers South just added another member.

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who was bought out last week by the Rangers, has agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 30-year-old New Rochelle native’s rocky two-year homecoming came to an end as the Rangers needed salary-cap relief after the big summer acquisitions of Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba. The Rangers bought out the final two years of Shattenkirk’s four-year deal which carried a $6.65 million cap hit. That leaves $1,483,333 of dead money on the Rangers’ cap next season before it balloons to more than $6 million for 2020-21 then drops back to $1,433,333 for two more years.

With Trouba, Adam Fox and Tony DeAngelo all on the right side of the Rangers’ blue line, Shattenkirk didn’t have a definite role after two subpar seasons which began with a knee injury suffered during training camp in 2017.

This isn’t the first time the Lightning have tried to acquire the defenseman. In 2017, the club reportedly attempted to acquire Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues and sign him long-term before the traded deadline, but Shattenkirk vetoed the deal. After being pursued by the Rangers, Shattenkirk was ultimately dealt to the Washington Capitals before signing with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent.

Shattenkirk joins a long list of former Rangers who have joined the Lightning in recent years. That includes Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller.

Since he was drafted 14th overall by the Colorado Avalanche during the 2007 NHL Draft, Shattenkirk has appeared in 609 career NHL games over nine seasons. He has totaled 75 goals and 274 assists — 127 of which have come on the power play.