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New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 7/19/17: Kevin Shattenkirk Officially Introduced

The New York Rangers officially welcome Kevin Shattenkirk, AHL Signings and prospect news in today’s Blueshirt Beat.

Kevin Shattenkirk was introduced to the New York media today, revealing he will wear No. 22 while answering more questions on his decision to join the New York Rangers.

At this point, it appears slightly odd that there was no back story on how No. 22 was exchanged between Nick Holden and Kevin Shattenkirk. It could be quite as simple as Holden texting Shattenkirk and saying “have it,” but it’s more fun to speculate crazier things than that. So fire up the trade rumors around Nick Holden.

If you remember, Holden was acquired for a fourth round pick, so receiving fair or equal value to that seems attainable — especially when you consider Holden had a breakout year in terms of points and goals.

So I’ll leave you with the following to speculate …

Two Players Added to the Fold, Most Likely to Hartford

The Rangers announced two signings in recent days. They re-signed forward Daniel Cantenacci (once the first overall in the OHL draft) to a one-year, two-way deal. Cantenacci has yet to be able to put it all together at the professional level, but was a formidable scorer in the OHL and is still relatively young. Hopefully, he will add solid depth to the organization and help the young Wolf Pack next season.

The Rangers also added Russian Goaltending prospect Alexander Georgiyev to the fold. Georgiyev has followed an unusual career path to this point, as he chose to leave Russia after playing in the MHL to join the top league in Finland. There, he posted great numbers in 27 games played with a 1.70 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He has also been a World Junior Championship starter, beating out the much more celebrated Washington prospect Ilya Sampsonov, a first round pick.

Prospects To Compete in the U.S. World Junior Camp

Speaking of the World Juniors tournament, prospects Tim Gettinger and Sean Day are currently taking part in Team USA’s world junior evaluation camp. Day, was at camp last year, but was eventually cut.

Sean Day found himself on the top pairing of Team Blue, while Gettinger was on the second line for Team Blue lining up with Bruins first round pick Trent Frederic. Gettinger continues to progress very nicely, finishing this past OHL season with offensive career highs, and earning himself an invite to this camp, after being a relative unknown.

Other Rangers Stories, News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post was all over the Shattenkirk coverage on Tuesday.
  • No. 22 explains the two reasons that led him to sign with the Blueshirts.
Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.