The Warriors put on a cruel clinic in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, as they swept the series in four games. All Portland’s Twitter account could do was watch, and through it all became one of the most fun things on Monday night.
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Mens Semyon Varlamov Jersey There was one final matter to settle — with Chance The Rapper. Before the series everyone noticed that Chance had a concert in Oakland the same night Game 5 would have taken place, if the series went that long. It became a funny footnote to the belief that the Warriors would dominate the Blazers.
Enter Kevin Shattenkirk, who played most of his career with the St. Louis Blues before being flipped to the Washington Capitals at the deadline. Shattenkirk is undeniably the best right-handed defenceman on the market this summer. Whether he would be willing to sign with the Leafs, I do not know; the rumour is that he wants to play in the northeastern United States. Assuming he would consider the Leafs, the question is whether the Leafs should make a competitive offer for his services. The running ballpark figure for Shattenkirk’s contract is considered to be about $7,000,000 AAV for seven years; we’ll assume this is about what he’ll cost.
Kevin Shattenkirk is both an elite offensive defenceman and an elite defensive one.
Shattenkirk has produced at least 42 points per season in each of the last four seasons, and that’s despite some rough injuries. As with many high-scoring defenders, some of that is powerplay production¡ªbut he’s also great at even strength. Of the 111 defenders to play at least 3000 minutes over the last three years, Shattenkirk ranks 14th in primary points per 60 at even strength. Any way you slice it, Shattenkirk is a superb offensive producer.