Brendan Shanahan Doing Some Talking with Flyers

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst INovember 3, 2008

With the Flyers on the brink of the NHL's cap, which is $56.7 million, they have come in contact with free agent future Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan had a lengthy conversation with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren today about a possible stint with the club.

Shanahan, 39, who is also being looked at by the Devils and the Blues, scored 23 goals last season with the Rangers.

The Flyers are only about $700,000 under the cap. That being said, they would have to do some maneuvering of the numbers to try and fit the 680 career goal scorer in. Even if he signed a bargain-based price of $1 million, the Flyers would have to move some salary.

Holmgren went on to praise the possibility of Shanahan coming to Philadelphia. “It’s just very exploratory, on Brendan’s part and on our part,” Holmgren said.

“But if you have an opportunity to add a good player who doesn’t cost you any assets, you have to look into it. He’s an experienced player and has been on three Stanley Cup champions and his presence on the ice and in the locker room would be invaluable.”

Also, congrats are in order to Flyers winger Simon Gagne. Gags was named the NHL's third star of the week with three goals and five assists in three games. Gagne is said to be feeling really close to 100 percent at this point, and feels great about where he is right now.

“I am very happy the way things are going. I am getting better and better, and more comfortable...I am getting close—there is still room for improvement. Last week, I really started to get that feeling I used to have when I was playing at my best.”

The Flyers will round out the rest of the week with games against the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday. Then they round out the weekend at home Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.