All along we’ve been told that Brendan Shanahan’s top priority has been to return to the Rangers for a third season. But with the Rangers already 2-0, and with Tom Renney already choosing his captain and alternates for the season, the team may now be poised to officially turn the page on the future Hall of Famer.
And should that happen, don’t be shocked to see the 39-year-old right wing back in the city where he won three Stanley Cups.
While Shanahan’s agent, Rick Curran, told me just now that the door with the Rangers hasn’t been closed, he also said there remains considerable interest fromÂ teams around the league, including “a couple of general managers that would raise a few eyebrows.”
One of those teams could be the reigning Cup champion Red Wings, where Shanahan spent nine seasons before signing with New York.
“Let’s just say one of his former general managers who knows him well and knows what he’s capable of contributing has been interested,” Curran said.
When I asked Curran if he was talking about Ken Holland in Detroit, the agent was tellingly evasive.
(Update, 1:56 p.m.: Yes, Lou Lamoriello is another one of those GMs. But the Devils have already been widely reported as a possibility for Shanahan, and Curran’s remark came only after I asked if there were any new options beyond the group of teams—i.e. Devils, Flyers, Blues, and Ducks—that had previously been floated.
Jim Rutherford in Carolina is a possibility, too—he was in Hartford when Shanahan was there—but at least to me, that wouldn’t qualify as an eyebrow raiser).
As for the Rangers, Curran said he hadn’t talked to Glen Sather since the team left for Europe, but that he expected to talk to him within the next 24 hours.
“I’m not aware that it’s closed,” Curran said. “It’s not like they went over to Europe and dominated. But let’s put it this way: if everyone’s satisfied with the club, then God bless them.”
A couple of quick notes: While the Red Wings are listed as only having $226,667 in cap space, that’s still more room than the Rangers have.
And oh yeah, the Rangers play at Detroit a week from Saturday night.