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Irish Eyes Are Smiling

New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather added his biggest free agent name of the season today, with the announcement that the team has come to terms with former Detroit Red Wing and three time Stanley Cup Champion left wing, Brendan Shanahan.  The 6-3 220lb 37 year old winger has been linked with the Rangers in the past, but like many who have gone before him, will join the club in what is most definitely the twilight of his career.  Shanahan bounced back last year with his first 40 goal season since the 1999-00 season and the sixth of his career, and is certainly the type of player the Rangers lacked last season in their top six forwards. 

There was some speculation that the former Red Wing alternate captain might assume the captaincy for Detroit with the retirement of team mate Steve Yzerman, but Shanahan said he felt the time was right, though there were reports last week that he wanted to move back to the east coast for family reason.  The Rangers won out over Montreal in bidding for his services.

His size and physical play will be a welcome addition to the Rangers, and his scoring ability will help alleviate the dependency on Jaromir Jagr for the majority of the Rangers offense.  The signing does however, make the position of the Rangers going into the season a little unclear.  It would appear that the need to sign Martin Rucinsky now is not as urgent, though the potential remains to shift Martin Straka to the right wing and/or push either Petr Prucha or Martin Rucinsky down to the third line.  Despite comments to the contrary by Glen Sather, it does appear at this stage that the Rangers will potentially go into the season with an older line-up than last year.

Brendan Shanahan
Height: 6-3Age: 37
Weight: 220Birthday: January 23, 1969
Position: Left WingBirthplace: Mimico ON, Canada
Shoots: RightDrafted: 1987 NHL Entry Draft – New Jersey Devils – #2 (1st round)
Salary: 1 year, 4 million
1985-1986London KnightsOHL5928346270 
1986-1987London KnightsOHL56395392128 
1987-1988New Jersey DevilsNHL6571926-201312072 
1988-1989New Jersey DevilsNHL68222850+211590152 
1989-1990New Jersey DevilsNHL73304272+1513780196 
1990-1991New Jersey DevilsNHL75293766+414170195 
1991-1992St Louis BluesNHL80333669-3171130215 
1992-1993St Louis BluesNHL71514394+10174180232 
1993-1994St Louis BluesNHL815250102-9211157397 
1994-1995St Louis BluesNHL45202141+713662153 
1995-1996Hartford WhalersNHL74443478+2125172280 
1996-1997Hartford WhalersNHL2101+100113 
1996-1997Detroit Red WingsNHL79464187+31131202323 
1997-1998Detroit Red WingsNHL75282957+6154151266 
1998-1999Detroit Red WingsNHL81312758+212350288 
1999-2000Detroit Red WingsNHL78413778+24105131283 
2000-2001Detroit Red WingsNHL81314576+981151278 
2001-2002Detroit Red WingsNHL80373875+23118123277 
2002-2003Detroit Red WingsNHL78303868+5103130260 
2003-2004Detroit Red WingsNHL82252853+1511780280 
2005-2006Detroit Red WingsNHL82404181+29105140289 
NHL Totals  13505986341232+1532378210204449 

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