Veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, formerly of the Blues, has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning after being bought out last week by the New York Rangers.
“I think I have a huge chip on my shoulder right now,” Shattenkirk said on a conference call Monday. “I want to show I’m back to my old self and prove that I can be a player in this league again.”
Shattenkirk played 73 games for the Rangers last season, finishing with two goals and 28 points. Over two seasons with them, he had just seven goals and 44 assists in 119 games. Tampa Bay vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois cited injury as the biggest reason for Shattenkirk’s disappointing two seasons in New York.
“After a full summer of training when he’s healthy and he feels confident in his leg, we expect him to be a strong contributor for our team this coming season,” BriseBois said.
Shattenkirk, 30, has spent nine seasons in the league, also playing for Washington, St. Louis and Colorado. He has 75 goals, 349 points and 368 penalty minutes in 609 games. He was an All-Star with the Blues in 2015 and has five goals and 34 points in 60 career playoff games. Shattenkirk played in seven seasons for the Blues, scoring 59 goals and adding 199 assists.
“It’s just a matter of gaining that respect again on the ice from other teams and my opponents — feel like I’m more of a threat like I used to be,” Shattenkirk said.
The New Rochelle, N.Y., native said he doesn’t regret signing a $26.6 million, four-year deal with his hometown Rangers. He said he was ticked off to be bought out but also knows it was about the Rangers’ move toward rebuilding and his own play.
“It’s definitely not a success story,” Shattenkirk said. “A lot of these things, they have to be learning experiences.” (AP)
St. Louisan Ivey to coach in NBA: The Memphis Grizzlies have hired former Notre Dame women’s associate head coach Niele Ivey among the new assistants on Taylor Jenkins’ staff. Ivey starred at Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis. There are now nine women coaches in the NBA.
Ivey spent the past 12 seasons at her alma mater with the last four as Notre Dame’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. She helped the Fighting Irish go 385-55 with seven Final Four berths, six appearances in the NCAA title game and the 2018 national championship.
Ivey played in two Final Fours and won the 2001 title with Notre Dame. She played five seasons in the WNBA before starting her coaching career as an administrative assistant at Xavier in 2005. (AP)
STLFC set to host Memphis: St. Louis FC will play the first of two home games this week on Tuesday, when it takes on Memphis 901 FC (4-10-6) in a 7:30 p.m. game at Soccer Park in Fenton. The match, originally scheduled for June 1, was postponed because of lightning.
STLFC (6-7-6) will then host the Charleston Battery (6-5-8) on Saturday. STLFC and the Battery played to a scoreless draw in on May 11 in South Carolina. With 26 points, Charleston is just ahead of STLFC in the United Soccer League Championship standings.
STLFC enters the week holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. (Joe Lyons)
Vince Carter to make NBA history: Vince Carter is putting off retirement for at least one more season. With that, he’ll claim the longest career in NBA history all to himself.
A person familiar with the situation confirmed that Carter has agreed to terms on a one-year contract to return to the Atlanta Hawks for his record 22nd season. Carter, 42, never wavered in his desire to play this season. He is tied with Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis and recently retired Dirk Nowitzki — all of whom played for 21 seasons — for the longest career in NBA history.
“Just waiting for the right opportunity,” he said on a recent conference call.
In addition to mentoring young NBA players such as Atlanta point guard Trae Young and forward John Collins, Carter still can play. Last season, he was a valuable member of the playing rotation on a rebuilding team, playing in 76 games with nine starts, averaging 17.5 minutes and 7.4 points per contest.
Carter entered the NBA with Toronto in 1998 — the same year Young was born — as the fifth overall pick out of North Carolina. He was dealt to New Jersey in a blockbuster trade early in the 2004-05 and spent nearly five seasons with the Nets. Since then, he bounced to Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and Sacramento before landing in Atlanta last season. The only blemish on his resume is the lack of an NBA title, which isn’t likely to change with the youthful Hawks. (AP)
Calf injury sidelines Barcelona’s Messi: Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s exhibition games in the United States against Napoli after leaving his first preseason training session with the soccer club because of a strained right calf.
The Spanish champion says Messi withdrew from Monday’s training session because of “discomfort in his right leg.” The club did not say when it expects him to be fit again.
Barcelona plays Thursday in Miami Gardens, Fla. and Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Barcelona’s Spanish league opener is at Athletic Bilbao on Aug. 17. (AP)