Lightning sign Shattenkirk after buyout by Rangers

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is shown during a break in action in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, in New York. Shattenkirk has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Shattenkirk played 73 games for the New York Rangers last season, finishing with two goals and ranking first among the team's defensemen in assists (26) and points (28).

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning after being bought out by the New York Rangers.

Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday. Shattenkirk said he chose the Lightning from among six or seven NHL teams interested in signing him and compared his situation after the buyout to theirs after losing in the first round of the playoffs.

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