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Grading the Rangers signing Kevin Shattenkirk to a 4-year deal

Kevin Shattenkirk has proven himself as a top defenseman in the NHL and he is now paid like one as he signed a 4-year/$26.6 million deal with the New York Rangers. Shattenkirk is still in the prime of his career since he is only 28 years old and he will make an immediate impact on defense for the Rangers. New York really needed a good 2nd defenseman to go along with Ryan McDonagh and Shattenkirk gives the team a very good top defensive pairing. The Rangers already had enough goaltender and forward depth to be a solid playoff team, but they lacked the defense to be able to make a deep playoff run. Shattenkirk is an impact player both offensively and defensively as he had 56 points last season which is really good for a defenseman. The Rangers did pay a lot of money to sign Shattenkirk, but it is definitely worth it as he still has many years left of quality play left in him and he was probably the best free agent available this year. This is a terrific signing for the Rangers and it is another step to helping them become a more competitive team in the eastern conference.

Grade: A+

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Lundqvist is key for the Rangers’ Stanley Cup Hope

The New York Rangers are currently locked into a 2-2 series tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the eastern conference finals after the Rangers defeated Tampa Bay 5-1 on Friday. New York’s offense has been stepping up this series, but it is actually the play of Henrik Lundqvist that is keeping New York’s hopes of reaching the Stanley Cup alive. Tampa Bay had the top offense in all of the NHL this season and nothing much has changed in that aspect this postseason. However, the two games this series that the Rangers have won have been where the Lightning only score one goal. The Lightning will get their share of shots and it is too much to ask of New York’s defense for them to completely halt Tampa Bay’s offense. Instead, they have relied upon Lundqvist’s miraculous saves to keep them alive this series. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has allowed a lot of goals this series to the Rangers, so if Lundqvist can just limit Tampa Bay’s offense from scoring then there is no doubt that the Rangers have a tremendous shot to reach the Stanley Cup finals for the 2nd straight year.

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