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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.”

 

Detroit Red Wings

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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