05
Aug
09

Shanahan’s In For One More Year

Brendan Shanahan

NHL.com is reporting that the New Jersey Devils have re-signed 22-year veteran Brendan Shanahan, to a one year deal. The 40-year old Shanahan will spend his 23rd season with the team who drafted him way back in 1987. After spending seasons in St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit, and New York it’s probably safe to say “Shanni” is looking to make one more go at it this year, and call it a career. As a fixture in Detroit, where he won 3 cups, Shanahan has pretty much locked in his Hall of Fame ballot, and will most likely retire with the Devils, after this season.  It’s good to see Shanahan back for another season, and New Jersey can use his veteran leadership. They’ll need it after losing forwards Brian Gionta (Montreal) and John Madden (Chicago) during free agency of this year. There is an expected official announcement coming later today.

The official release from NHL.com

Brendan Shanahan isn’t done yet. The 40-year-old veteran wing is reportedly coming back for his 22nd season after agreeing to a new contract to remain with the New Jersey Devils, according to The Record (N.J.).

The newspaper report said there is likely to be an official announcement later Wednesday.

Shanahan, who is the League’s active leading scorer with 656 goals, should be in training camp when it opens Sept. 12. He didn’t join the Devils until mid-January last season after sitting out the first half of the season unsigned.

Shanahan had 6 goals and 8 assists in 34 games last season and added a goal and 2 assists in seven playoff games.

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