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Rangers’ Kevin Shattenkirk Out Indefinitely After Knee Injury

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The New York Rangers will be without defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee and will need surgery, the team announced on Friday.

Shattenkirk joined the Rangers this summer after signing a four-year, $26.6M free agent contract.

“It’s tough, you know, thinking about this year, you want everything to go perfectly and I think I’ve been trying to battle through this for a lot of reasons and when it came down to it, we talked about it and you have to think about yourself,” Shattenkirk said, according to the New York Post.

”I’ve been worried about a lot more things, trying not to disappoint a lot of people, me included in that, so it’s hard to be leaving the team. It’s never easy to be sidelined.

“But I also feel that what I was putting out onto the ice, I wasn’t given the guys on my team the best I had and that almost makes you feel even worse. You don’t want to be disappointed as a teammate. I think this is the first step to get back to where I am and come back and have a meaningful impact on this team down the stretch.”

“With Kevin, it’s something we’ve known for a while and after playing through it, he felt he had to get it fixed,” said coach Alain Vigneault. “Injuries are part of the NHL. This is an opportunity for Tony to get some ice here and for someone else to help us win some games.”

“When guys are out, it gives more opportunity to different guys. It’s important to have guys who make the most of this,” Henrik Lundqvist said. “You can’t look for any excuse not to play your best or not to find a way to win.”

 

Buffalo Sabres

Sabres Re-Sign Sam Reinhart

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The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year deal that pays $3.65 million annually, according to an official team press release.

Reinhart set new career highs in games played (82), goals (25), points (50), power-play goals (12) and power-play points (21) during the 2017-18 regular season.

 

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Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes’ Victor Rask Out Indefintely

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Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Victor Rask underwent surgery to repair his fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand after injuring them while slicing food in his kitchen, according to a team announcement on Thursday.

Rask has been ruled out indefinitely.

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Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Sign John Tortorella to Two-Year Contract Extension

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension that will keep in with the team through the 2020-21 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

It makes sense for Columbus, who has experienced it’s most success under Tortorella’s watch, highlighted by a a franchise-best 50 wins and 108 point season in 2016-2017 that saw Tortorella walk away with that season’s Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s best coach.

“Our team has been one of the winningest in the NHL over the past two seasons and John Tortorella has played a critical role in that success and in raising the level of our team’s play since his arrival,” Blue Jackets’ general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “His passion and commitment to being the best has permeated our team and we believe will lead to even greater success in the future.”

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