Shattenkirk explains why he left money on the table to sign with Rangers

The highly-skilled defenseman, who set a career-high with 56 points this past season, drew laughs when asked if he’d ever met Leetch before.

“I still have not met Brian Leetch, but I think the opportunity will come a little bit easier now to make that happen,” said a smiling Shattenkirk, while standing in front of a Rangers backdrop.

While Shattenkirk spent much time reminiscing about Leetch and his other favorite Rangers from years past, like Sergei Zubov and Alexei Kovalev, even calling it “inspirational” to watch the Blueshirts practice back in the day as a youngster, he also spoke openly about the present. Shattenkirk explained the two main reasons why he chose to sign with the Rangers when so many other teams also made competitive — and in some cases, more lucrative — contract offers.

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3. Colton Sissons, Predators — Tasked with centering Nashville’s top line, Sissons played about as well as one can expect. The Game 6 hero scored the Preds’ second goal and fired a team-high seven shots on goal.

2. Sidney Crosby, Penguins — Crosby assisted on Pittsburgh’s first two goals, running his playoff points total to 22 in 20 games.

1. Jake Guentzel, Penguins — Guentzel’s 10 playoff goals lead the league. He joined Maurice Richard, Dino Ciccarelli, Claude Lemieux, Jeremy Roenick and Brad Marchand as the only rookies to score 10 or more goals in a playoff year.

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