According to multiple reports, the New York Rangers will make star defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk a healthy scratch for the team’s game against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow evening.
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It's possible off of reports from Rangers practice today that Kevin Shattenkirk will be scratched against San Jose on Thursday. That's telling of Shattenkirk's play so far and a big move by David Quinn, who is clearly demonstrating this is his team and wielding the power he has.
It was made pretty clear that Kevin Shattenkirk will be a healthy scratch Thursday at the Garden against the Sharks. He said he needs more "urgency" in his game, and Quinn said he needs to regain his confidence after what happened last year.
Quinn said the decision on the 'D' for the game tomorrow hasn't been made yet. He said Pionk is a possibility to be scratched tomorrow. He skated with Shattenkirk today, so it's possible that pair is scratched against the Sharks.
Ouch… it appears that Shattenkirk is currently taking up residence in new head coach David Quinn’s doghouse. The veteran blue liner has been stapled to the bench for much of the Rangers' first three games under Quinn. From the penthouse to the doghouse, so to speak. Even worse than Shattenkirk’s play through the Rangers’ first three games? The fact that he’s still owed nearly $20 million over the next three years.
The Rangers stormed out of the gate in free agency in the summer of 2017 and signed Shattenkirk, arguably the biggest free agent in his class, to a massive four year deal worth $6.65 million per season. Again, Shattenkirk is just one year into his new deal and he already finds himself out of the lineup. Double ouch.
The Rangers signed Shattenkirk expecting him to be their number one defensemen, but instead they’ve seen just 49 games of inconsistent play from the 29 year old. A meniscus tear limited Shattenkirk to just 46 games last season, but he did manage a respectable five goals and 23 points, but he did also post a -14 plus/minus stat. Needless to say, the Rangers need more from Shattenkirk moving forward. Here’s hoping that Thursday’s day off helps put him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the 2018-19 season.
Source: Dan Rosen
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