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    Shanahan Leaves the Devils

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - 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."


    http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/9...utual%27-split


    he could sign elsewhere?

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    But we had room for Rob Neidermeyer? Its a building year anyway his presence would have been more then enough let alone his gritty play. I'm gonna miss ya Shanny.

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    Could be nice to see him back in Detroit
    The Path Of Least Resistance Just Makes The Road Longer...


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    I thought he only wanted to play in the New York area? He sure as hell is not going to play for for the Islanders. Maybe a return to broad street as a 3rd liner?

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    Yeah he does want to stay in this area if I remember correctly its for family reasons his kids are in school here and stuff doesn't wanna uproot 'em if he doesn't have to. And personally I don't think the Rangers want him back not after the way Sather did him last year.

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    Honestly who would want to play for the Devils and Lemaire anyways? Shanny was smart run away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiTEFuRY View Post
    Could be nice to see him back in Detroit
    No thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commonsense12 View Post
    Honestly who would want to play for the Devils and Lemaire anyways? Shanny was smart run away.
    Mmm.... I do...?

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    Yeah who would wanna play on a team that hasn't missed the playoffs in 12 seasons and who has 2 cups in the past decade. Not to mention one of the greatest goalies of all time ohh and the 500,000 a year you automatically make upon playing in the N.H.L yeah they must be crazy.

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    As a forward, New Jersey is the last place I'd want to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevsYanksJets View Post
    Yeah who would wanna play on a team that hasn't missed the playoffs in 12 seasons and who has 2 cups in the past decade. Not to mention one of the greatest goalies of all time ohh and the 500,000 a year you automatically make upon playing in the N.H.L yeah they must be crazy.
    Yeah cause Shanny needs the money. I am pretty sure he also has enough accolades. He is not doing this for money or for Marty. WTF does that Marty to do with anything? He is prob doing this because he loves hockey and wants to still compete and have fun. Lemaire's style of hockey is not fun. I am sorry but you wanna have fun when you go to work, no matter what you do. Shanny wants somewere he can compete and have fun. I cant blame him.

    Oh you also missed playing in front of a half empty arena and when its not empty it is filled with the opposing teams fans and thats when you are winning LOL. I cant wait for this year when you are bad and going to miss the playoffs, that place is going to be empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abourne13 View Post
    Mmm.... I do...?
    I was talking about people who actually have the skill to play in the NHL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevsYanksJets View Post
    But we had room for Rob Neidermeyer? Its a building year anyway his presence would have been more then enough let alone his gritty play. I'm gonna miss ya Shanny.
    Rob Niedermayer is probably on the 4th line. And why is it a building year in Jersey. They have an aging Brodeur in net and other than Parise and Zajac everyone else on the offence is over 33 basically. The Devils are still a cup contender especially in a defensive system with their offensive weapons.

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    Once again shows the classiness of this great player. He got cut only cause him and the devils agreed he will not be able to fit into their system. Shanny might retire or he might come back to another team but the depature was respectfully mutual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commonsense12 View Post
    Yeah cause Shanny needs the money. I am pretty sure he also has enough accolades. He is not doing this for money or for Marty. WTF does that Marty to do with anything? He is prob doing this because he loves hockey and wants to still compete and have fun. Lemaire's style of hockey is not fun. I am sorry but you wanna have fun when you go to work, no matter what you do. Shanny wants somewere he can compete and have fun. I cant blame him.

    Oh you also missed playing in front of a half empty arena and when its not empty it is filled with the opposing teams fans and thats when you are winning LOL. I cant wait for this year when you are bad and going to miss the playoffs, that place is going to be empty.
    If you enjoy playing hockey you enjoy playing it, it does not matter what type of system but I mean I'm sure you would know you've played loads of games under Lemaire haven't you? And how do you know we're gonna be so bad and going to miss the playoffs? We lost our starting goalie last year from the majority of the season and still won our division and your still counting us out? And he was doing it because he wanted to play and in an area where he could be close to his family.

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