I didn't hear when it happened because it was shabbos (sabbath), but the Devils today agreed in principle with Brendan Shanahan. (Dachs informed me of this during another CBS lament.)
My first reaction was confusion; the Devils are past their early-season injury plague (save Martin Brodeur), so the Shanahan signing seems rather late.
Then I remembered that Dainius Zubrus was recently injured, and I feared this signaled a long-term stint on the IR. With the way Zubrus has played this year, that would be a huge blow to the team.
But Zubrus has been playing, so this does not appear to be the case. Instead, it seems that Lou Lamoriello felt the Devils needed help on both the power play and penalty kill, so Shanny would be helpful there.
I was a little mixed on the signing at first. On the one hand, it's a risk-free move, and Shanahan could be a helpful contributor. On the other, he's only getting older, and at 39, is this really an impact move?
But I think it's a good decision overall. He can only help and he's coming cheap, so it's really a no-risk/high-reward move. I don't have to be overly optimistic about him to see the sensibility.
Could the Devils have improved in a more substantial way? Certainly, but not at this price. If Lou continues to feel the Devils need a special teams boost, he'll make another move, but for now, this is a nice minor move.