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Now that Zajac is signed, I think Lou is going to concentrate on who is left in free agency. The Devils have a little over 7 million left. There are still a few restricted free agents left to sign, the only unrestricted left is Brendan Shanahan. This was Lou's first pick ever as a GM, and I think Lou has always held a warm spot for him. Shanahan's stats aren't the way they were ten years ago, but he still earned a point for every two games he played with the Devils. I think Lou will give him a one year contract, what do you guys think?
 

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I wouldn't be opposed to seeing Shanahan back for another year with the Devils. The only thing I wonder is how he'd hold up to a full 82 game schedule.
 

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Last year he played only like What 40 to 50 games? Also Shanahan looks old. This should be Shanahan last year with devils or 1 more.
 

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Sadly, as much as I have loved to watch Shanny play over his career, its time to hang up the skates as a player, and move into coaching somewhere. I think that Shanahan is one of the players that can make the move from player to coach, please don't ruin it by hanging on too long.
 

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A one year, $1 million contract for Shanahan...I'll definitely take that. The Devils lost some experience in Madden, Gionta, even Holik and Rupp. Bringing Shanny back for another year will help out in that regard, plus he was good on special teams last year. And if it doesn't work out, what did the Devils really lose?
 

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This move is basically adding an additional coach who can put the puck in the net. He will help mentor alot of the young kids we have coming up and some of the young guys already in NJ like Clarkson. This is a win-win no matter how you look at it. He won't get a ton of minutes but will play on the PP and contribute where he can on the ice, but he will definitely contribute in the locker room as well.
 

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http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AitoYynvdVIfQ4dcbi7V_.B7vLYF?slug=ap-devils-shanahan&prov=ap&type=lgns

Veteran forward Brendan Shanahan left the New Jersey Devils after being told he would not be a part of their top three lines this season.

Shanahan, who has 656 career goals, was informed that he was not in the Devils’ plans on Wednesday and he decided to leave the team on Thursday.

“I have decided not to continue with the New Jersey Devils for my 22nd NHL season,” Shanahan said in statement, adding the decision was mutual and amicable.

“When I signed this past summer, Lou Lamoriello, Jacques Lemaire, and I agreed that if we were unable to find a suitable fit in which I would be able to compete and contribute at the level I expect from myself, then I would simply step aside.”

Shanahan, who will turn 41 in January, said he plans the spend the next few weeks with his family, a time he will probably use to decide whether he wants to play or retire.

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said he was in the meeting when president and general manager Lou Lamoriello talked to Shanahan.

“If I knew it would have been like that, I don’t know if I would have attended, because it’s hard,” Lemaire said. “I’ve seen a few in my career, and the good people, it’s hard to come to this type of situation. Because they’re good people and they were top players in the league at a time. So, it makes it a lot harder.

“I said, ‘I’m glad you’re the GM. You’ve got to make the decision, the final one,”’ Lemaire added.

Shanahan, who had six goals in 34 games last season after being a midseason addition, signed a $1 million contract with the team in the offseason. He was expected to play on either the second or third line, and even scored a goal in New Jersey’s 4-2 win over the Islanders in their preseason finale Tuesday.

However, Lamoriello believes that youngsters Rod Pelley, Niclas Bergfors, Matt Halischuk and Ilkka Pikkarainen are ready for the NHL and he decided that Shanahan a expendable.

“Maybe Lou thought that they had a long chance to make the team,” Lemaire said of the youngsters’ chances at the start of training camp. “But these kids they’ve shown that they’re ready to play.”

A member of three Stanley Cup championship teams, Shanahan has played in 1,524 career games with the Devils, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detriot Red Wings and New York Rangers.

“This is certainly not easy from both sides because of the relationship,” said Lamoriello, who drafted Shanahan when he was 18 years old. “The respect, the honesty, all of that that has been put into this and these are the unfortunate things that do transpire.”
I hate to see shanny go out like this. But to see him just mail it in either. Hopefully, he gets another team.
 

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I think this was a joint decision between he and the team. He could not crack the top lines, and no one wants to see him wallowing away on the fourth line. Great career, time to make the move to coaching.
 
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