What Will the Blues Do with Kevin Shattenkirk?

USATSI_9823214_154158418_lowresSt. Louis Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk continues to make waves as the trade deadline approaches in just a few days.

According to reports, the blueliner killed a trade about six weeks ago that would’ve landed him in Tampa with a seven-year deal worth about $42 million.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Lightning have come kicking the tires over Shattenkirk, as a deal was almost made last season but fell through. That deal was reported to have included Jonathan Drouin and Ben Bishop, with Shattenkirk and Blues goalie Brian Elliott headed to sunny Florida.

The Blues apparently also came close to shoving Shattenkirk to Edmonton last summer, with Taylor Hall involved. What killed that deal is the same thing that killed the recent Tampa deal: Shattenkirk refused to sign an extension.

So what does this mean?

Basically, the Blues will have to shop Shattenkirk as a rental. That lowers their rate of return significantly, but the 28-year-old is seemingly squeamish about signing an extension with his new club and likely wants to test free agency this summer. That’s his right, but it sure puts St. Louis in a spot.

Right now, it’s believed the asking price for Shattenkirk is in the range of a top prospect, a first round pick and something else from the bargain bin. Time will tell if a team steps up to the package, but rumours have the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers in the mix. Some analysts have the Bruins looking to deal, too.

In 60 games this season, Shattenkirk has 42 points – including 11 goals and 31 assists. His best season to date came in 2013-2014 when he posted 45 points in 81 games, so the New York native could be looking at a career year. That may be why he’s willing to run the gamut on the open market, with his value at an all-time high.

On the other hand, there is the risk that Shattenkirk is overvaluing himself. Teams are sure interested in his services, however, and all the door-knocking may be going to his head.

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