How exactly should you feel about Brendan Shanahan scoring a goal in his Devils debut? I don’t know. That’s a personal question.
But I’d gather there’s at least a tinge of regret in seeing a one-time heart-and-soul Blueshirt now celebrating in Devils red-white-and-black (and wearing No. 18, no less). It’s true, Shanahan was only a shell of his former self by the end of last season, so slow and ineffective that his ice time allotment became a growing source of tension within the team.
But if you buy the theory that Shanahan was merely playing hurt for most of last season and now has the benefit of fresh legs, there is a chance the Rangers may have passed up on bringing back a charismatic Hall of Fame-caliber player for relatively little. That’s all conjecture, mind you. And it’s all said in the afterglow of Shanahan scoring one 5-on-3 goal. Maybe we should wait for one of those back-to-back games when Shanahan might look every bit his 40 years before deciding whether it was the right or wrong move.
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As for the current Rangers, it sounds like Aaron Voros and Dan Fritsche will play tonight at the expense of Lauri Korpikoski and Petr Prucha, but we’ll confirm later from the skate…
Great story in the New York Times today by Katie Thomas “about the death of amateur hockey player Don Sanderson and the fighting debate it has helped fuel”:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/sports/hockey/20hockey.html?_r=1&ref=hockey. Regardless of which side of the issue you fall on — I admit, I go back and forth — it’s a heartbreaking story.
On a much lighter note, the boys at the Faceoff blog are channeling the spirit of Inauguration Day with this important question: “Which athlete would make the best President?”:http://faceoff.lohudblogs.com/2009/01/20/question-44-what-athlete-would-make-the-best-president/
Too bad Colton Orr is Canadian. He’d have been a lock in my book.