The 28-year-old right-shot defenseman said that several teams offered contracts with seven-year terms, while others were more in line with the Rangers at four or five years. He admitted that living out his dream was put to the test during free agency because there were so many attractive offers.
“There has been a lot of talk about me and the Rangers, going back to the trade deadline, but I didn’t really think I’d be a New York Ranger until this week came along, or until today,” offered Shattenkirk. “Today when the final offers came in, that’s when I really had to decide if I really want to do this or not. There were sacrifices to be made, but in my mind those sacrifices are the things you leave on the table to live out a dream like this.”
At 24, he’s an undrafted rookie and development camp invitee with humble beginnings in the ECHL. Monday’s Game 4 was his 15th in the NHL. In a series filled with Sidney Crosbys, Evgeni Malkins, Filip Forsbergs, he’s one of the many Predators who’ve come out of the woodwork just in time to force a best-of-three showdown with the Penguins.
“I mean, I could be sitting on the floor and I would take it,” Gaudreau said after scoring the game-winning goal in the 4-1 victory, his second in three nights. “I’m just happy to be here. I don’t really care about the stall, to be honest.”
The stall was thrown together when No. 1 center Ryan Johansen crashed out Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys of the playoffs thanks to emergency thigh surgery during the Western Conference finals.
Gaudreau, who spent most of the regular season in AHL Milwaukee, got the call. From Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys there on out, Nashville would rely on a rag-tag group of Gaudreau, Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and a 37-year-old Mike Fisher to form their center ranks. It was one thing to beat Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler, but Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?