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Shanahan signs 1-year deal with Rangers

Brendan Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan

7/9/2006 3:54:01 PM

NEW YORK (CP-AP) - It came down to a feeling for Brendan Shanahan.

Given the opportunity to stay in Detroit for a 10th season with the Red Wings or start anew elsewhere, he felt it was time for change and chose to sign a $4-million US, one-year contract with the New York Rangers.

"It really came down to an instinct I had," Shanahan said Sunday. "Detroit has a great past and a great future ahead of them as well, but I guess I just felt that maybe I was identified with the past a little bit more than the future."

He's the second big time player to say goodbye to the Wings this off-season, joining longtime captain Steve Yzerman who announced his retirement last week.

Shanahan joins a Rangers team that made the playoffs last season for the first time since 1997. The three-time Stanley Cup winner will be counted on to try and help put them over the top.


 

"To take on a new challenge was a little scary and exciting at the same time," said Shanahan, who scored 41 goals last season.

The Rangers, notorious for overspending on top-name players often past their prime, had been relatively quiet in the first week of free agency. They added forward Matt Cullen and defenceman Aaron Ward from the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes while other clubs quickly filled up space on the $44 million salary cap by handing out big-ticket deals.

With room to spend, the Rangers targeted Shanahan, who has 598 goals - 15th on the NHL career list - and 634 assists with New Jersey, St. Louis, Hartford, and Detroit. He turned down equal or higher-valued deals from the Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens.

Both Rangers general manager Glen Sather and Shanahan sought to complete a one-year contract. Each cited the pressure to perform and extra motivation as factors in making a short-term commitment.

"I like the feeling of having to go out and proving your worth every year," said Shanahan.

He decided to join the Rangers after taking a tour this week of the team's practice facility in Westchester County, viewing residential areas, and spending time in Manhattan.

Shanahan isn't sure how long he wants to play, but if the fit is right he wouldn't mind spending a few years in the Big Apple.

Sather is plenty glad to have him, noting that Shanahan is a player the team had at the top of its wish list. The original thought was that Shanahan was likely to remain with the Red Wings, but once it became known that New York was an option, Sather moved quickly to get a deal done.

"I said to Glen that I wasn't trying to bust the door to get out of Detroit," Shanahan said.

The Rangers have shifted course in recent years in an attempt to rebuild the team with youth. New York snapped a seven-season playoff drought this year but were swept in the first round by New Jersey.

"I saw them as a team that made tremendous strides last year," said Shanahan. "I was really impressed with their desire to improve on that."

Shanahan earned $2.28 million in Detroit last season when, while working on a one-year deal, he recorded the sixth 40-goal season of his career and first since the 1999-2000 campaign.

One of the last true power forwards in the game, the seven-time all-star will be a good complement to Jaromir Jagr - who will not have to bear the full offensive burden next season.

"We were really looking for someone that could share a leadership role on our team," Sather said. "Someone that could play on the power play, someone who was going to be able to move people around in front of the net and someone with a great shot. And Brendan certainly has all of those." 

Shanahan, the strongest advocate for rules changes during the NHL lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season, took advantage once the game returned with less clutching and grabbing in front of the net. That is where the six-foot-three, 220-pound left winger is most effective, especially with the man advantage.

He scored 14 goals on the power play, a unit in New York that should be even more potent than last season when Jagr netted 24 of his club-record 54 goals with the extra man.

"He's big and he's strong and he's a great team guy," Sather said. "As we got closer to the end of the season, we found that maybe we needed a little some more size up front, and his experience in the playoffs would be a huge help for us."

 






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1ErodMontreal fans ain't going to be very happy about t ...
2walkie316I'm sadly dissapointed. You will no longer be one ...
3LeafsFan1000He should have gone to Montreal, or back to Motorc ...
4sebchenierWhat's wrong Shanny? Is it too cold in Montreal? ...
5TheSicilianAt 37 years of age, why move to the Rangers hen ev ...
6killtheshootoutNew York?? Awe come on Shanny........come on up to ...
7kash97Looks like Detroit won't be such a powerhouse anym ...
8hockeynut1724The Rangers? What kind of a manager says to his pl ...
9cool_extraz_11He could be good with jagr, but sucks for my wings ...
10vitto22As a Ranger Fan this Rules. They needed a big wing ...
11jandlerPlayers are join thinking twice before playing wit ...
12muckitupbabythis guy's best years are behind him...i'm glad he ...
13KFLFINALLY! Someone to park their rearend infront of ...
14connsmytheGreat move for rangers and is a "new" nhl move,1 y ...
15nab7185I can absolutely respect what Shanahan has done la ...
16kenadian-boyI thought he show/have some class and go out with ...
17reg19Montreal doesn't need Shanahan. Does Bob Gainey th ...
18rickoblueOh my God!!!!!! I never saw this development, I th ...
19gocarolinaI think you're right, vitto22. He's going to be a ...
20grandmasterjBad move by Shanahan, he wont have his 40 goal, 80 ...
21letsgoflyers!Great move by the Rangers! Shanahan will give them ...
22ashenmonkeyWell, as a Habs fan I'm disappointed. While 4 mil ...
23loudpiperWow, why would he go to a team that has absolutely ...
24gino288Time for the Habs to get Anson Carter now...I didn ...
25ncasaliGreat job Slats and Maloney. Great move for NYR. ...
26sirtayls82 games, 81 points, and (in my opinion) more impo ...
27CrazyDudeWe don't want or need you anyways Shanny, have fun ...
28habsfan2767Let's get with it, Shanahan is not the player Mont ...
29nkctb7I think he views Detroit as a team on the downspin ...
30flamesfan81Shanny will put up some big numbers playin with Ja ...
31mettyAs a RedWings fan for over 20 years, people will b ...
32allcar67If this is true - there are probably 3 reasons. ...
33PullUpYourBootsIt's a great move for the Rangers and Shanahan. Sa ...
34arcticstubabe1kenadian-boy - He won't put up the numbers because ...
35downwrundmcNext. Shanny is joing Federov, with bad attitudes ...
36cstewart99I think every player dreams of living and playing ...
37crusaderdonkeyhis glory days are behind him and this year's play ...
38superdave2277Didn't see this coming...thought it was a given th ...
39suckertrainDon't expect Shanny to put up the same numbers as ...
40ZextarMan, are you guys missing the point here. What has ...
41RealistIf Shanahan signed in Detroit I GUARANTEE every on ...
42jtov2WHY???? doesn't anyone want to play in MTL??? Gr ...
43leafsfan2424wolud of been awesome if he became a leaf. O well ...
44copakemanShanahan a plus, Poti a minus(gone). Good deal for ...
45gaucherdBefore you all start bashing Gainey for not being ...
46gp3rI'm disappointed, I would've liked him in Mtl. ...
47redwingsguruSERIOUSLY DISAPPOINTED. I thank him for all he has ...
48squarewheelshatcherWhat an absolute killer for the Wings. Probably th ...
49klb_habsfanI guess he can't stand the pressure cooker in mont ...
50HABS#1FANI'm still trying to figure out what is going on wi ...
51jludlowwhy doesnt anyone wanna go to montreallllllllll ...
52klb_habsfanjtov2 - There is tons of reasons, the fans, the me ...
53BradyThis is really disappointing. I was really hoping ...
54phoddThank god. Montreal needs young guys who are going ...
55jimbosam2056YEAH BABY ! Shanny and JJ on the same line. WHEW! ...
56BradyMy Bet... After this year he will go back to the w ...
57jerfthis is a huge lost for the redwings,but the farm ...
58otnipj3sGee, its funny how the guy really starts playing w ...
59stealth_allThis is a great FA signing by the Rangers. Just wh ...
60TheGodfather.Guys, stop complaining. It's time for the new gene ...
61hornets71Although it would have been nice to have someone t ...
62555mr.pinkShanny could read the writing on the wall- its a c ...
63DarthGretzkyIt seems funny that Detroit has now lost Yzerman, ...
64mtl_27_27Im pretty glad he didnt come to Montreal. He disap ...
65toronto_rulesI'm a HUGE leaf fan and i'm glad that the leafs di ...
66reg19Gaucherd ... That is bunk. Toronto has had every b ...
67#39Gyou people must be stupid...it's not hockey anymor ...
68reg19jtov2 ... People don't want to play in Montreal ri ...
69chicubsRealist is completely right. Shanahan is a big na ...
70alien_prophetThe Rag$? Booooo! ...
71ALLABOUTTHESTANLEYSI'm glad Shanny turned down the offer. As much as ...
72ediciusI'll miss him with the Wings, but hey, now I just ...
73reg19Erod, I am a long-time Habs fan and I am not at al ...
744skinnerOH No!!!! Please tell me the scary Rangers have'nt ...
75barstool_profI've said it before, welcome to a by-product of th ...
76j26molblack and white tv, thats a hoot, gonna have to us ...
77verbalassassinA lot of people seem to be writing off the Red Win ...
78varg_vikernesNo surprise, now that Steve Yzerman has retired. G ...
79gutschershanahan and jagr = lots of points good for new yo ...
80dvy3a great player, i think everyone loves Shanahan. s ...
81bruinrnutsNO matter what anyone says i think he deserves tha ...
82avatar_37Montreal didn't need him, don't get me wrong, it's ...
83HockeyDude17NY? Where did that come from? Detroit is a better ...
84Wingnut34If this is true....Thanks for the great times you ...
85fowlweathercombine the money and easier travel schedule, seem ...
86allcar67#39G - It's great to say it's about money; especia ...
87reg19Allaboutthestlanleys is right to a point ... I don ...
88arachnophobicWhat is wrong with all you people? As any great C ...
89modpod1he has won his cups,this was strictly for the mone ...
90PullUpYourBootsI'm a Rangers fan but, more importantly i'm a hock ...
91krazyglueGreat move, the Rangers are gonna be a tough team ...
92canadian_88I am disappointed as a Wings fan, but good luck to ...
93puckedup74as a life long ranger fan, i have no idea how to p ...
94sirtaylsPlus we don't know what went on behind the scenes. ...
95reg19Now that this is true ... good for Shanny ... good ...
96aboutagirlAll I can say is that is $4 million that Detroit ( ...
97luongoonthenuckers!Good job rangers! He will be a good fit with them ...
98aboutagirlchances are good this will fly under the radar in ...
99zoromanAt 37, Shanahan decided to cash in while he still ...
100xTybedamn. Oh well, woulda like to see you wearing the ...
101homersonicGET TO WORK HOLLAND. Shanny's gone. Stevie's ...
102canadiancrusaderIt's too bad he didn't land in montreal but hey lo ...
103sporkmasterSay what you will about him being washed up but 40 ...
1045150guyAs a Rangers fan, I LOVE this move. This will allo ...
105clarke_kruzeIt would have been great to have a veteran like Sh ...
106JayBeetleLooks like the Rangers are going back to their old ...
107rcm84the power play is now the big item to concentrate ...
108KexoduscNY just tripled their grit and heart and brougth o ...
109bangbuscanadaWOA. did not see that coming. him and jargr could ...
110leroysledgeSurprised that Shanahan had made a relatively "pal ...
111BigAppleblueTo all you Habs fans that say that shanny couldn't ...
112reg19Shanahan is now an American citizen, Arachnophobic ...
113buchmansThis is a great signing for the Rangers - I have w ...
114nyr_1194Looks like there's no room for Rucinsky now, but I ...
115gauch33I must say it's getting to be a very frustrating s ...
116reg19Shanny would have been ideal to be the new captain ...
117coverticeNow with Shanny you have additional fire power, sh ...
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