It was a sight for sore eyes, Kevin Shattenkirk skating on the Garden ice with his teammates on Tuesday morning for the first time since he underwent surgery Jan. 22 to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee. Despite Rangers management declaring a rebuild and going into the farther reaches of the playoff fringe by way of a 3-0 loss to the Jets at the Garden on Tuesday night, there was still a plan in place for Shattenkirk to return to action this season. The 29-year-old defenseman was getting ready to go on this upcoming two-game trip through Florida, but he is not expected to play in either game, The Post has learned. The Rangers play the Lightning in Tampa on Thursday night and then the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday. Coach Alain Vigneault had been unsure of Shattenkirk’s availability on Tuesday night, having cancelled Wednesday’s scheduled practice in Westchester and moved up the departure time of the team flight in hopes of beating the snowstorm. But the good news for the Blueshirts is that Shattenkirk is getting closer to returning from the injury he originally suffered in training camp, and one he played through during his underwhelming start to his Broadway tenure. Now it’s just on him and trainer Jim Ramsay to decide exactly when is the right time.
Rangers could get top defenseman back soon
New York Post | Mar 7