New Jersey Devils

Brendan Shanahan Signs with New Jersey Devils

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IAugust 6, 2009

It’s been slow around the hockey world lately. Apart from  debating from Islanders' camp for funding for a new arena, there isn’t much going on before training camp starts.

But some news hit the wires today.

According to multiple sources, Brendan Shanahan has re-upped with the New Jersey Devils.

Shanahan joined the Devils about halfway through the season last year and made an immediate impact. He scored during his first game back and had a hot scoring streak for about the first month of his season. After that, his play started to tail off towards the end of the year. Shanahan ended up with six goals and eight assists in 34 games.

The contract is being reported as a one-year deal, which should come as no surprise to anyone since Shanahan is 40-years-old. But if he’s making much more than the $800,000 he made last year, the deal is a mistake. 

Sure Shanahan is a legend and will probably go into the Hall of Fame after his retirement, but he just doesn’t have it anymore; he should just hang up the skates. I don’t fault the guy for wanting to play; God knows I couldn’t stop playing right now if I didn’t have the talent to play in my men's leagues.

But if he doesn’t put up numbers in NJ, then there’s no point in playing.

He’ll likely see loads of power play time along with the likes of Parise and Zajac, but the Devils really haven’t done anything this offseason except lose people. If Shanahan is relied on to score goals, I just don’t see it happening, and it may end badly for him. He’s only one year removed from a 40+ point scoring season, and in 2006-07 he had 60+ points.

Lets hope for all parties involved that this is a low risk, high reward type contract, and that Shanahan can prove that age is just a number.

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