Rangers Rumors: Kevin Shattenkirk Deal Ends Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton Chase

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 11:  Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by teammate Joe Thornton #19 after he scored in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 11, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers have pulled themselves out of the running for Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Saturday.

The decision comes after TSN's Frank Seravalli‏ reported the Rangers agreed to a four-year deal with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, a New York native, worth $26.6 million.

Both Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski and The Hockey News' Matt Larkin were fans of the Shattenkirk contract for New York:

Greg Wyshynski @wyshynski

I love this Shattenkirk contract for the Rangers. I mean, I hate it as a Devils fan, but that underscores its greatness.

Matt Larkin @THNMattLarkin

Wow. How good is that Shattenkirk deal for Rangers? He'll be 32 at the END of it. Burns, Byfuglien are 32 now. Giordano and Keith are 33.

As CapFriendly noted, though, the Rangers don't have a wealth of remaining salary-cap space when taking into account their pending deals:

CapFriendly @CapFriendly

W/ Shattenkirk at 6.65M and Pavelec at 1.3M, we show the #Rangers with 8.35M in cap space (9F 8D 2G) https://t.co/QZwIPWiV0y https://t.co/uaDlS4xfJc

A little over $8.3 million would be more than enough on its own to sign Marleau or Thornton, but even bringing one of the two aboard would leave New York with little room to make any remaining upgrades to the roster.

Signing Shattenkirk addressed one of the Rangers' biggest concerns this offseason, and adding Thornton or Marleau would give them the proven forward they need as well. But after spending big to get Shattenkirk, New York may have little choice but to look for a more cost-effective forward alternative.

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