Former New York Rangers blue-liner Kevin Shattenkirk had a more lucrative offer on the table before he settled on a one-year, $1.75-million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
The Anaheim Ducks offered the 30-year-old defenseman a two-year pact with an average annual value north of $2 million, sources confirmed to The Athletic’s Eric Stephens.
Shattenkirk hit the open market last week after the Rangers bought out the final two seasons of the four-year, $26.6-million contract he signed in 2017.
After his productivity dipped and he struggled to stay healthy with the Blueshirts, Shattenkirk admitted he “was pretty pissed off” about the way his time in New York ended shortly after inking his new deal with the Bolts.
Shattenkirk appeared in 73 games in 2018-19, registering two goals and 26 assists.
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