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Rangers stunning new reality: a $26.6 million healthy scratch

Rangers stunning new reality: a $26.6 million healthy scratch
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Nov 19, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; dNew York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) defends uring the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a week into the Rangers season, less than a week into David Quinna€™s tenure as coach, and this is what it has come to: Kevin Shattenkirk as a healthy scratch.

The veteran defenseman is more than likely to be benched for the teama€™s Garden match against the Sharks on Thursday night, with Quinna€™s team 0-3-0 and failing to gain any traction. Thus far, Shattenkirk has been more of a problem than answer, struggling to find his game following offseason knee surgery.

a€œYou have to learn from it, obviously. Ia€™m not a guy that would take that the wrong way and mope about it,a€ Shattenkirk said after Tuesdaya€™s practice about the coming benching. a€œIta€™s the NHL; if youa€™re not playing well, there are guys that are playing well. Tony DeAngelo played a phenomenal game the [Sunday] night [in Carolina]. Hea€™s earned a spot on the roster. I think all the a€˜Da€™ have earned a spot on the roster, and Ia€™m probably the guy that needs to fight a little bit harder to get my spot back. Ita€™s on me, for sure.

a€œI know that ita€™s a process, but this is probably a good little kick to get me going and get me out of this a€” I dona€™t want to say slump a€” but just get my confidence back and start playing the game I know I have.a€

Of course, the 29-year-old Shattenkirk signed the ballyhooed free-agent contract with the Rangers in the summer of 2017, a four-year, $26.6 million deal that represented a market discount (in term) for him to play with the team he grew up rooting for as a kid in New Rochelle. But up to this juncture, the annual salary-cap hit of $6.65 million has turned out to be a disappointment, having suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee in his first training camp and never playing up to his ability.

That continued into this season, as Quinn has seen since taking over for the fired Alain Vigneault behind the Blueshirtsa€™ bench.

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