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    The Case Against Kevin $hattenkirk

    Making this type of free agent splash almost certainly means a buyout of Marc Staal and/or Dan Girardi, but the ripple effect goes beyond the two veterans. Itís hard to imagine a scenario where Jeff Gorton spends big on Shattenkirk and then shells out another $4 million or so for Brendan Smith. If thatís the case, then weíre all but guaranteed one of Nick Holden, Marc Staal, or Dan Girardi spending another year in the top four. Perhaps a new face, namely Ryan Graves, Neal Pionk, or Alexei Bereglazov can cement a spot, but thatís likely wishful thinking at this point as only Graves has ever played professional hockey in North America.

    The pure cost and trickle-down effect in the lineup make a Shattenkirk contract a tough sell. Thatís compounded by the fact that, despite all he does well, heís never been a top-pairing shutdown defenseman and doesnít have the skins on the wall to warrant such a promotion in New York.

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    This is a really strong case against signing KS. Nice job, Mike. You've got me experiencing second thoughts.


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    I'm in for this. I don't want him at the price he could be due.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClearedForContact View Post
    Making this type of free agent splash almost certainly means a buyout of Marc Staal and/or Dan Girardi, but the ripple effect goes beyond the two veterans. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Jeff Gorton spends big on Shattenkirk and then shells out another $4 million or so for Brendan Smith. If that’s the case, then we’re all but guaranteed one of Nick Holden, Marc Staal, or Dan Girardi spending another year in the top four. Perhaps a new face, namely Ryan Graves, Neal Pionk, or Alexei Bereglazov can cement a spot, but that’s likely wishful thinking at this point as only Graves has ever played professional hockey in North America.

    The pure cost and trickle-down effect in the lineup make a Shattenkirk contract a tough sell. That’s compounded by the fact that, despite all he does well, he’s never been a top-pairing shutdown defenseman and doesn’t have the skins on the wall to warrant such a promotion in New York.

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    Yes, and if one imagines for a moment that a gamble on Shattenkirk might backfire like a number of high profile recent NY defensive free agent signings have … NYR defense would be in triple jeopardy for years with buyouts and weakness/holes on the defensive side of the puck.
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    I think they're buying out one of G/Staal regardless.
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