When a team loses two straight and scores four goals in its last four, the addition of a 600-goal scorer suddenly doesn’t sound so ludicrous.
So for those wondering, yes, Brendan Shanahan is still skating and working out regularly in hopes of returning to the NHL this season.
“He’s still looking forward to playing,” Rick Curran, Shanahan’s agent, just told me.
Whether that means Shanahan could return to the Rangers is another matter. As opposed to a few months ago, when Curran spoke liberally about Shanahan’s desire to return to New York, it’s clear the agent has been told to remain hush about his client’s intentions. He wouldn’t go into details about what teams they’ve been talking to, but he did clarify that when Shanahan told Larry Brooks in late October that “the player would be willing to talk to other teams”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/10292008/sports/rangers/shanahan_wont_wait_for_rangers_135879.htm, that didn’t mean he would no longer be willing to talk to the Rangers.
In other words, the door remains open.
“We haven’t closed the door on anyone,” Curran said.
Update, 10:22 a.m.: Somewhat unrelated, although Brendan Shanahan does play a part, is “this story from Chris Botta about Sean Avery’s run-in with Garth Snow last year”:http://www.islanderspointblank.com/2008/12/when-avery-attacks-confrontation-with-snow-racial-taunts-at-nolan-showed-the-dark-side/.
Update, 12:29 p.m.: Some notes from practice:
Paul Mara, Blair Betts and Dmitri Kalinin were out with “maintenance”. Wade Redden skated but is still only questionable for Wednesday against the Thrashers.
Practice was highlighted by a good 20 minutes of sprinting at the end. Or at least it seemed like 20 minutes. Either way, I was tired just watching.
Altogether, it was a fairly serious tone in the locker room.
“I think it’s everywhere,” Chris Drury said of the second-guessing surrounding the Rangers. “We got off to the start we got off to and everyone around town is patting us on the back. Now we’re getting booed. I think it’s coming from everywhere. We just have to get back to winning ways and working hard like we did earlier.”
Update, 3:37 p.m.: Fair point from a commenter about an earlier post on Shahahan, which I’ve since decided to revise. It does insinuate something negative, and since I don’t know the whole story, I shouldn’t speculate. What I do know is that Shanahan was reported to be close to signing with the Flyers last month and the deal never came to fruition. Somewhere along the way, there was also a report of the two sides being apart on compensation. Beyond that, I can’t say why Shanahan is still a free agent.