The New York Rangers bought out the last two years of Kevin Shattenkirk's contract Thursday after deciding the defenseman doesn't fit into their ambitious rebuild.

Shattenkirk, 30, played 119 games with the Rangers over the past two seasons, scoring 51 points (7 goals, 44 assists) with a minus-29. But his game never recovered after an injury-filled first season with the team, and his 1.4 shooting percentage last season was the worst of his career.