By Bobby Bauders
Kevin Shattenkirk, 27-years-old will not be part of the St. Louis Blues next year. Shattenkirk is currently making $4.25 million and will likely expect a hefty raise next year. St. Louis cannot take his cap hit any longer, and a bidding war is reportedly taking place between the Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s explore what it would take for each team to acquire Shattenkirk. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s being reported that a deal isn’t closed to being reached between Shattenkirk and St. Louis.
As explained in previous stories, the Coyotes have hired GM John Chayka, and he’ll be wanting to put his stamp on the team. Shattenkirk is an excellent right-handed defenseman who actually knows how to score. He got 88 points combined in his previous 2 seasons. Defense is something the Coyotes need to address and will likely address at this year’s draft with the likes of Olli Juolevi or Mikhail Sergachev.
But what about what they could do now? Chayka has already acquired the negotiating rights to Alex Goligoski, and it looks like he’s going to sign a 5 year deal. That’s evidence enough that Chayka isn’t only thinking about the future.
Let’s take a look at the possible defensive pairings should the Coyotes sign Goligoski and acquire Shattenkirk.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Kevin Shattenkirk
Alex Goligoski – Michael Stone (currently injured)
Klas Dahlbeck/Niklas Grossmann – Connor Murphy/Zybnek Michalek
Personally, if Shattenkirk is acquired, once Stone is recovered the Coyotes should look into trading Michalek again.
But what would Chayka be willing to give up? You’re mind probably automatically goes to the Coyotes’ 7th overall pick. While that seems obvious, I think Chayka is comfortable at 7. The Coyotes also have the 20th overall pick and two 2nd round picks. Maybe they could be involved. Maybe package the 20th overall plus a second round pick with a mid-low end prospect? It’s been reported that the Coyotes have received an impressive offer for the 7th overall. Could it be for Kevin Shattenkirk?
Maybe add a top-scoring forward for the right price (say Okposo, Ladd?) and the Coyotes look pretty good going into next season. It’ll be interesting to see what Chayka does with the Coyotes this summer.
It’s no secret Edmonton needs an overhaul and help on the blue line. Shattenkirk would be a good fit in Edmonton. But what would the Oilers be willing to give up? They have the 4th overall pick as well as a 2nd and three 3rd round picks. It’s hard to imagine Shattenkirk going for the 4th overall straight up.
It’s going to be hard for the Blues to get the 4th overall straight up. Maybe throw in one of their 2nd/3rd round picks?
Edmonton’s current defensive lineup is just straight up bad. Adding a top D-Man is crucial. Let’s look at their lineup adding Shattenkirk.
Andrej Sekera – Kevin Shattenkirk
Oscar Klefbom – Andrew Ference
Brandon Davidson – Mark Fayne
Nikita Nikitin – Adam Clendening
Not perfect, but a definite improvement. Peter Chiarelli needs to look into this, especially considering that Sekera isn’t getting any younger.
First off, I’m not really sure how Boston gets this done. They’re in a tight cap situation right now, so Shattenkirk would likely just be a rental. Boston isn’t exactly in a position to be renting players.
But let’s explore. They have 2 first round picks and 1 second round picks. Maybe they could package their late first and their second? Maybe even throw in the rights to an expiring contract to sweeten the pot? Also, I think they’d have to add Adam McQuaid in there somehow in order to get some cap relief. So maybe instead of the second round pick it’s the first and McQuaid? Not to mention McQuaid and Shattenkirk are both right-handed. This would then be considered an upgrade from McQuaid.
Let’s take a look at their potential lineup. This is assuming all the players listed in this lineup are re-signed somehow and McQuaid is involved in the trade.
Zdeno Chara – Kevin Shattenkirk
Torey Krug – Dennis Seidenberh
Joe Morrow – Kevan/Colin Miller
That’s an upgraded defense. It’ll be interesting to see if Boston can swing Shatty, especially given the fact that they have cap troubles and a lot of contract drama.
Toronto Maple Leafs:
The Toronto Maple Leafs are another rebuilding team looking in the now. The acquisition of goalie Frederik Andersen shows this. A solid defender could help their season next year. It’s rumored that they’re currently offering James van Riemsdyk to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Cam Fowler. Let me start off by saying that makes the most sense considering Anaheim is looking for another top-six forward. Also, St. Louis will likely not be interested in JVR due to cap issues.
What else could they trade? Obviously not the first overall, that’s not going anywhere. But they do have 2 second round picks and quite the prospect pool. I was thinking something along the lines of the 2 second round picks and Scott Harrington.
Let’s look at their prospective lineup with Shattenkirk:
Jake Gardiner – Kevin Shattenkirk
Jared Cowen – Morgan Rielly
Andrew Campbell – Matt Hunwick
Not great, but certainly an improvement from last year’s lineup. Also, they’d have to find a way to dump Stephane Robdias. But given their cap surplus, that’s not crucial.