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4 Teams That Should Take a Flyer on Kevin Shattenkirk

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 15: Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the New York Rangers in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 15, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
New York Rangers v Calgary Flames | Derek Leung/Getty Images

Just days after the New York Rangers informed veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk that they would buy out the remainder of his contract, there's certainly a market developing for the 30-year-old. While some of these squads will have to do some cap gymnastics, Shattenkirk would surely be a fit on their weak defense corps.

4. New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 21, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

What better way to stick is do your crosstown rivals than to bring in Shattenkirk? The Devils added to their defense corps by trading for PK Subban earlier this offseason, but if they hope to improve upon the group that gave up 3.35 goals-allowed-per-game last season, the addition of another veteran could do wonders.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins fights with Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2017 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 5-4 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Penguins cap situation doesn't lend itself to big contracts at this juncture, but it's rare to find a stable veteran defenseman available at this point in free agency. No longer attached to a cringeworthy cap hit, Shattenkirk would be a nice addition to a Pens defense group which was severely lacking at points last season, specifically in terms of depth.

2. Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, AB - MARCH 11: Brad Malone #24 of the Edmonton Oilers pursues Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the New York Rangers during the second period at Rogers Place on March 11, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
New York Rangers v Edmonton Oilers | Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

The Oilers much ensure they don't continue to waste Connor McDavid's prime. Along with an elite winger next to McDavid, the Oilers are lacking defensive depth. Shattenkirk would be an ideal addition, if Edmonton can afford him.

1. Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 25:  Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the New York Rangers controls the puck under pressure from Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on October 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Rangers 4-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
New York Rangers v Chicago Blackhawks | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Shattenkirk is far from the defenseman he once was with the St. Louis Blues when he faced the Blackhawks regularly. Due to injuries and age, he's lacking some of his original offensive ingenuity. Still, he's worth a flyer, and Chicago's defense corps still needs an upgrade even after the additions of Calvin de Haan and Olli Maatta. Shattenkirk becomes an instead upgrade on the back end.