NHL free agency tracker: Kevin Shattenkirk’s move to Rangers headlines early moves

The NHL free agency signing period began Saturday (noon ET), and teams around the league are wasting no time going after players they hope can improve their rosters. Here’s a look at some of the big names around the league who are either changing places or staying put with a new deal with their existing team.

The high-scoring defenseman is headed to the New York Rangers, after agreeing to a four-year deal that will pay him $6.65 million per year. TSN’s Frank Seravalli was first to report the deal. The New York Post reports that Shattenkirk had offers for far more money on longer-term deals, but the 28-year-old New Rochelle, N.Y., native liked the Rangers’ situation. Shattenkirk finished fourth in scoring among NHL defensemen with 56 points last season. He began the season in St. Louis, but went over to the Capitals in a trade in late February. He scored 14 points in 19 regular season games with the Caps, and added six points in the postseason.

In his eighth game back, Crosby was on the receiving end of a big hit from the Bruins’ David Krejci, who was accused of elbowing. The Penguins originally announced Crosby would sit out two games as a precaution, but two games turned into an indefinite absence when concussion symptoms flared up again. The fear was it would turn into another lost season for Crosby, who at the time was 24 and just entering his prime. Worse, would recurring concussions prematurely end his career?

Crosby was diagnosed with his third known concussion Oct. 10 sustained during a preseason practice, costing him first six games of this past season. He otherwise stayed healthy and played 75 games, leading the NHL with 44 goals.

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