So what’s another forward when you already have three sitting out?
According to Rick Curran, Brendan Shanahan’s agent, the right wing’s return to New York is still very much a possibility
The possible hold up? You guessed it. The Rangers have virtually no money under the salary cap (with $250,000 or so, they couldn’t even sign a player to the league minimum now).
“Suffice to say we’ve had conversations, as we’ve had all summer,” said Curran, who said he’s renewed conversations with Glen Sather since the Rangers returned from Prague. “We know what the problems are, and unfortunately, there’s nothing that we can do to solve them. We’ve been told to be patient, which is what we’ve been.”
So if the Rangers are serious about bringing Shanahan back, how exactly do they make it happen? I would have to imagine it would mean a deal disposing of at least one forward, and possibly two,. The two most glaring possibilities are Patrick Rissmiller at $1 million and Petr Prucha $1.6 million. I’m not saying those are the players headed out the door, but seeing how both players were skating on the six-person fourth line today, both could be deemed expendable.
Another possibility is Fred Sjostrom, who also skated on the fourth line today, and who made clear he didn’t want to be dealt. Not that it’s up to him.
“I want to be here, but it’s out of my control,” Sjostrom said. “It’s a business decision. I’m just worried about playing here and trying to win. But yes, I want to stay.”
Update, 1:45 p.m.: Keeping with team policy, a Rangers spokesman wouldn’t comment on Shanahan rumors. But he did say nothing was imminent.
Update, 2:56 p.m.: Meanwhile, since “I was the one to first bring it up”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2008/10/06/could-shanahan-again-end-up-a-red-wing/, I would be remiss in not pointing out “that Detroit GM Ken Holland shot down the possibility of Shanahan returning to the Red Wings.”:http://info.detnews.com/redesign/blogs/wingsblog/index.cfm?blogid=2019.
You’ll recall that Rick Curran said one of Shanahan’s former general managers had expressed interest in the player. By my count, that leaves Lou Lamoriello (Devils), Jim Rutherford (Carolina), and of course Glen Sather as remaining possibilities.