Just to put this Brendan Shanahan situation in perspective, I look at it as there are three realistic scenarios:
1. Glen Sather has led Shanahan to believe he does want to re-sign him when he really doesn’t. Many of you have rightly said the least Shanahan deserves is a straight answer from the GM. If Sather hasn’t given the player that, I agree there’s something wrong.
2. Sather has been straightforward with Shanahan, but the player simply won’t let go. I suppose it’s a possibility that Shanahan is in denial about his declining worth to the Rangers. But I tend to think the player is too smart for that. He’s old, but it’s not like he’s senile old.
3. Sather really does want to re-sign Shanahan, has told him as much, and is still finding a way to make it happen. Possible, but not likely, especially since Rick Curran said he hasn’t spoken to Sather since the Rangers left for Europe. Regardless of the Rangers’ cap situation—they’re over right now—this weekend confirmed Shanahan doesn’t seem to fit with the style of play the Rangers now employ (of course, the Rangers are trying to be more like the Red Wings, so by that measure it wouldn’t make much sense that the Red Wings are interested in him, either).So which of these three is most likely? Actually it’s probably a fourth scenario, which is a combination of 1 and 2: Sather not being completely straightforward, Shanahan maybe hearing only what he wants to hear.
Add it up and you have a 39-year-old future Hall of Famer still unsigned, and still sitting in his Manhattan apartment waiting for a phone call that might never come.