If the St. Louis Blues had their way, they would have traded defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a blockbuster deal several weeks ago.
However, Shattenkirk rejected a seven-year, $42 million contract extension from the acquiring team, as first reported by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie during Thursday night's "Insider Trading" segment on TSN and later confirmed by Blues beat reporter Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The team involved is not yet confirmed, but many believe it to be the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This would mark the second time the Lightning tried to acquire Shattenkirk, as TFP reported last season a deal between the two teams came close, but fell apart. At the time, the deal reportedly included Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and goalie Ben Bishop, and then-Blues goalie Brian Elliott.
According to Rutherford, the Blues came close to trading Shattenkirk to the Edmonton Oilers last summer for then-Oilers left wing Taylor Hall, but Shattenkirk refused to sign an extension with Edmonton, nixing the trade. Hall was later sent to the New Jersey Devils for blueliner Adam Larsson.
McKenzie noted another team in November tried to acquire Shattenkirk in a sign-and-trade, and failed.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported via Twitter that the Arizona Coyotes tried to work out a deal for Shattenkirk earlier in the season, presumably in November, but weren't able to come to terms on an extension.
The Blues are now moving forward with the intent of moving Shattenkirk as a rental piece for a playoff contender, which would significantly lower the return.
McKenzie suggests a sign-and-trade could still be possible, if it's the perfect fit, but that seems unlikely at this stage, with the trade deadline around the corner.
The Blues, according to McKenzie, are asking for a top prospect, a first-round draft pick and another piece in exchange for Shattenkirk.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins are among the teams interested in Shattenkirk.