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Rangers’ Kevin Shattenkirk’s Transition “A Work In Progress”

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Its’ been a rough season for New York Rangers’ defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who has been struggling to find his stride with the Rangers and also been on the receiving end of some criticism.

Last month, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz was critical of Shattenkirk, his former player, by saying Washington acquired Shattenkirk last season with intentions of installing him as a top-pair defenseman down the stretch, but Shattenkirk failed to live up to expectations.

Trotz late apologized for the comments.

Now, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is seemingly frustrated with Shattenkirk’s slow transition to the team, if you read between the lines of his comments on Sunday.

Shattenkirk signed four-year, $26.6-million contract with the Rangers back in July.

“I would say he’s a work in progress,” Vigneault said Sunday, according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com. “There’s no doubt that our expectations and his expectations are a little bit higher than what we’ve seen so far.”

“I think (Shattenkirk) is probably putting a little bit of pressure on himself to do real well in front of new teammates, a new environment, friends and family,” he said. “Sometimes it takes a little bit of time.”

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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