Provided he’s not re-signed by the Washington Capitals before July 1, Kevin Shattenkirk will be one of the most attractive names on the free agent mark this summer.

Before he can reach that stage though, he and his teammates are trying to shake the playoff curse that seemingly haunts this franchise.

The Capitals lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on Monday night, which stakes the Leafs to a 2-1 series lead in that first round matchup.

All three games have gone to extra time.

Shattenkirk had 14 points in 19 games with the Capitals after the pre-deadline trade from the St. Louis Blues, and he also picked up an assist in the first period of Game 1 in this series. He’s been held off the score sheet since then – albeit with potentially a lot of time left in this series.

Shattenkirk and Brooks Orpik have been on the ice for four five-on-five goals against the Leafs, including two on Monday evening.

“It was not a banner night at the office for Kevin Shattenkirk,” asserted Montreal’s TSN 690 morning show host Conor McKenna on Tuesday morning while chatting with NHL Insider Darren Dreger. “Do you think he can do any significant damage to his value this off-season based on the way he performs the rest of the way this series?”