November 18, 2009
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After being cut by the New Jersey Devils, Brendan Shanahan weighed his options and ultimately decided there were no good offers out there. And so, today, Shanny has retired from the NHL.
Although his most prolific years were in Detroit—he won three Stanley Cups there—he started and ended his career with the Devils. As a Devils fan, I will remember Shanny as a Devil, even if his greatest contribution to the team was being involved in the transaction that brought Scott Stevens to Jersey.
And, yeah, I'll conveniently block out the Ranger years.
Where does Shanny go from here? Many believe he'll become involved with the Players' Association, which is currently in shambles. I'll jump on that bandwagon, too, but there's also a solid chance he winds up somewhere in the Devils' organization. When he was initially released, Lou Lamoriello did say he would be willing to find a job for Shanny.
To the sure-fire Hall of Famer, I wish him luck in whatever he does.
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