Kevin Shattenkirk New York Rangers
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The New York Rangers have just announced their best offensive defenseman, Kevin Shattenkirk, will be shut down with a knee injury.

The New York Rangers have announced that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk suffered a torn meniscus and will have surgery to repair it. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

It was announced that Shattenkirk has been dealing with the injury since late September early October and this is something he tried to play through.

A torn meniscus will make your leg might swell and feel stiff. In fact, you’ll feel pain when twisting your knee, or be unable to straighten your leg fully.

This is what Shatty’s been dealing with the entire season.

This is definitely not an excuse for the turnovers and lack of goals from Shattenkirk’s perspective, but this injury definitely could have played a factor. Shattenkirk doesn’t seem to have a ton of jump in his game but no one saw this coming. One can imagine Shattenkirk has put a ton of pressure on himself to perform at a high level coming back to his hometown team.

Not the fairytale story Shattenkirk or the fanbase was expecting but hopefully, this is a move that will allow him to come back stronger.

Shattenkirk is scheduled to have surgery on Monday. Recovery times can range from one to three months if it’s a full-scale repair to the meniscus. If the Rangers can hold on and stay in the playoff hunt, Shattenkirk could come back at a very good time.

In the corresponding roster move, Anthony DeAngelo has been called up along with Daniel Catenacci. DeAngelo has 13 points in 29 games this season with Hartford along with a -12 rating. DeAngelo has come on as of late tallying the majority of his points in the last 15 games.

Catenacci has recorded 10 points in 23 games with the Pack. A depth forward at best, might be a nice story but he won’t have a major impact on the Rangers’ offense.

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.