A natural subplot of tonight’s meeting with the Red Wings is Brendan Shanahan “facing off against his old Red Wings teammates”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070205/SPORTS01/702050355/1034/SPORTS with whom he won three Stanley Cups in nine seasons.
Given the dysfunctionality of the Rangers, along with the fact that the Red Wings are again cruising through their regular season, one might think Shanahan would be regretting his decision to leave the Motor City in favor of New York. At least outwardly, Shanahan has said otherwise.
“They made me a two-year offer, but my gut feeling is that it was time for them and time for me,” told reporters over the weekend. “Though I strongly considered going back and they made me a great offer, I just couldn’t ignore my instincts. It was time for them to go with some other players and it was time for me to find something new.”
“Something new,” of course, means scrambling for a playoff spot with the Rangers, a process that enters into another crucial stage with back-to-back meetings beginning tonight against the Wings and Devils. Shanahan admits squaring off against his old friends will elicit mixed emotions. But maybe the one upside of the Rangers’ desperate position is he can’t afford to be distracted for too long.
“It’s one of those games you go down the schedule and look for, yeah, I mean it’s a game I’d love to win,” Shanahan said. “Obviously I’d love to win all the games at this point, but it’ll be a special game. It’s gonna be strange out there against them seeing those jerseys and colors.”
More from the skate later….