Continuing the day’s discussion on Brendan Shanahan, here’s the other possibility on why the free agent right wing is still out there, and it’s been lent some credence by people in the know: No one has any cap room.
So while it’s possible the Flyers and Shanahan had mutual interest in one another—and it’s quite possible that interest is still there—it was a deal that couldn’t go anywhere until the Flyers were able to make a move to clear up some space.
And that situation applies to more than just the Flyers. The Rangers don’t have any cap space, either. Nor do the Chicago Blackhawks, or any number of other teams.
Now factor in the current economic climate, in which everyone is fearful that “the salary cap is going to remain flat next season”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=258841&lid=sublink03&lpos=topRelated_nhl and it explains why no one is making any moves, and why Shanahan remains a free agent.