If his name were not Brendan Shanahan — if he were, say, Brandon Shaughnessy — I’m not sure you’d be seeing No. 14 on the power play, or even in the lineup the last two games.
Shanahan admits his timing is a tad off, and his legs are not quite back to where he was prior to the concussion. But he’s likely only to improve the more games he gets under his belt.
In fact, if you really want to be optimistic about your hockey team, consider the following: for most of the season a concern was Tom Renney wearing Shanahan down with heavy use over a long schedule. But now the Rangers are entering the last six games of the regular season and then potentially the playoffs, and Shanahan is likely to be the freshest player among them.
I realize it’s more complicated than that seeing how no one’s going to confuse post-concussion symptoms with a spa treatment. But there’s always the chance Shanahan’s 38-year-old legs got a needed break in the process.