The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the 2016 Stanley Cup. Now, the hockey world enters an offseason like no other. With the 2017 Las Vegas expansion being announced and the salary cap being bumped up to 73M next season, teams must move certain pieces of their team in order to protect key players at the end of next season. This is a list of 5 teams who could potentially acquire Kevin Shattenkirk.
A lot of chatter around the league about Shattenkirk. In the NHL, a high scoring right-handed defenseman is a luxury. At only 27 years of age, Shattenkirk is a consistent 40 point defenseman who can quarterback a powerplay. With Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester as the top-pairing and Colton Parayko slowly emerging, Shattenkirk will be squeezed out of the picture. He could be of much better use to other teams who need that top-2 defenseman. Shattenkirk still has 1 year left on his contract at $4.250M.
The Coyotes have built a nice bank of prospects on offense, but still lack defense. Shattenkirk would be a nice fit for Arizona, a right-handed shot to play alongside Oliver Ekman-Larsson on an up and coming squad. The Yotes could potentially deal their 7th pick or a prospect like Dvorak. They have many options and picking up Shattenkirk would be a good move.
In order to get Shattenkirk, the Oilers would need to part ways with their 4th overall pick at this years NHL draft. If not, the Blues would probably interest in one of the Oilers’ young players such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle or Taylor Hall. If the Blues get the 4th overall pick, they could draft Olli Juolevi or Mikhail Sergachev to take his spot down the road.
The Boston Bruins have been pushing hard for Shattenkirk these past couple of days. They are desperately looking to bolster their blue line after trading away Dougie Hamilton. The Bruins reportedly offered their first round pick, but it wasn’t enough for Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. Bruins would need to package a young prospect to seal the deal, perhaps Ryan Spooner or David Pastrnak.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs are slowly getting back on track with their rebuild. They have added big prospects and have just recently traded for Frederik Andersen. Now, the Leafs have Morgan Rielly on the blue line and it ends there. Jake Gardiner is not living up to his potential so far and the Leafs are thin on the blue line. They are definitely going to keep the 1st overall pick at this years draft, so if they wanted to get Shattenkirk, they would need to give up a few mid-level prospects like Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen.
The Buffalo Sabres have plenty of talent on offense in addition to some good prospects. Their back end is looking rather weak, Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolainen are the only big names worth mentioning. To pick up Shattenkirk, the Sabres would likely need to trade their 1st round pick. Maybe a player like Jake McCabe could sweeten the pot for St. Louis?
It is important to note that Shattenkirk becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season and he will most likely be looking for a 6M-7M contract. It has been reported that the St. Louis Blues would rather trade him to the Eastern Conference. When all is said and done, it looks like Shattenkirk will be on the move, but which team is willing to pay the price?
Brandon Murphy – @2murphy8