And in which a player has $10M in his pocket from a buyout...
"$10M, plus a shot at a Cup with a true contender? Thanks, New York Rangers!"
The Rangers provide another lesson in why "ZOMG MUST SIGN TOP UFA LONG TERM ZOMG!" doesn't always work out for teams...
Love the signing for the Bolts, Shattenkirk is a power play specialist who will probably play third pair/2nd power play, much less expected than what he faced in New York along with significantly less pressure. 50ish points, half on the power play hiding his defensive deficiencies on the third pair, Cooper is the perfect coach for him. He could not have found a better situation.
I've been equally critical.
The nice thing about Tampa is they can hide him a little. He won't be top pair in Tampa being behind Hedman, McDonagh and Serge, at the very least. It may further limit Schenn's ice time, which is added plus.
I don't like him, but at $1.75M, limited 5v5, and PP time on a one-year? Sure. But I probably wouldn't have done it myself.