Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has a new deal, but it’s not with Tampa Bay.
The veteran blueliner signed a three-year contract with Anaheim worth $11.7 million on Friday afternoon.
The Lightning are under a tight salary-cap crunch and need to re-sign forward Anthony Cirelli and defensemen Erik Cernak and Mikhail Sergachev. They knew they couldn’t offer the kind of money Shattenkirk would get elsewhere.
Shattenkirk returns to the Western Conference for the first time since a seven-year stint with the Blues, which ended when he was dealt to the Capitals at the trade deadline in 2017.
The news was trending, but maybe not for the reason some would expect: many Twitter users mistook Shattenkirk’s name for news about “Star Trek” or William Shatner, the actor who played Captain James T. Kirk when the TV franchise began in the late 1960s.
Here’s how the hockey world reacted to him leaving Tampa Bay:
Earlier in the day, Tyler Johnson was placed on waivers. Twitter users had fun trying to draw connections between the Lightning center and Bucs wide receiver of the same name, who played in Thursday night’s 20-19 loss to the Bears.
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