Even though defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is willing to sign a contract extension in order to facilitate a trade out of St. Louis, it appears teams are not entirely interested in that option.
During Thursday night's "Insider Trading" segment on TSN, Darren Dreger reported the teams inquiring about Shattenkirk are primarily interested in landing him on a rental basis.
According to Dreger, Shattenkirk could command upwards of $7 million, per season, on a new contract, and teams do not appear overly interested in that price tag.
Dreger's colleague, Pierre LeBrun, reported that Boston Bruins and New York Rangers are among the teams interested in Shattenkirk, joining such clubs as the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Shattenkirk, 28, is in the final-year of a four-year, $17 million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
With an extension with the Blues unlikely, Blues GM Doug Armstrong's preference is believed to be to trade Shattenkirk by the March 1 trade deadline, instead of holding on to him for a playoff run.
Acquiring Shattenkirk after he's signed an extension would increase his value and allow the Blues to obtain a higher return, but such an outcome may now be unlikely.