Blues reportedly trade Shattenkirk to Capitals

Last week, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said about the trade deadline, "We're not going to mess with lines or defense pairs".

The Capitals acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues in a blockbuster deal, sending a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, and forward Zach Sanford to the Blues for in order to rent one of the game's better defenseman, according to multiples reports.

The trade call has not yet been completed, so the deal is not official.

That the Blues' return for Shattenkirk did not include any touted prospects from the Capitals is a reflection of Shattenkirk's status a rental with Washington. He is rumored to be interested in joining the New York Rangers at that time, and it's possible he would not have accepted an extension with any other organization.

The 28-year-old Shattenkirk was in the final year of a four-year, $17 million contract.

A 2007 first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, Shattenkirk was traded to the Blues during his rookie season in 2010-11.

A two-time All-Star as a member of the Blues, Shattenkirk has been with the team since they acquired him just 46 games into his National Hockey League career from the Colorado Avalanche.

That trend continued during the playoffs, as he put up 11 points in 20 games, but was also a minus-8.

"Kevin Shattenkirk is destined and was set to become an unrestricted free-agent", Kerber says. Sanford was Washington's second-round pick (No. 61) at the 2013 draft.

  • Julie Sanders