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08-25-2008, 09:45 PM
Blues Admit They're In The Running For Free-Agent Shanahan

August 25, 2008 6:00 a.m. EST

Norman Vergara - AHN Sports Writer

St. Louis, MO (AHN) - The St. Louis Blues expressed interest over the weekend in unrestricted free agent Brendan Shanahan, who played for the team during four seasons in the early 1990s.

Team president John Davidson announced they have joined the Shanahan sweepstakes, which is yet to wrap up after the veteran remains open to returning to the New York Rangers for his 21st NHL season.

The famed winger spent the last two campaigns as a Blueshirt but the team is muddled with a shortage in salary cap.

That could mean Shanahan may end up in another uniform, possibly that of St. Louis, Philadelphia, or New Jersey, which are also rumored to be interested.

Shanahan played for St. Louis from 1991 to 1995. He had his most remarkable seasons with the Blues, registering a career-high 52 goals and 50 assists in the 1993-94 campaign.

The year before, the Ontario native finished with 51 goals and 174 points, second-most in his career.

"It's depth, it's experience. We feel that we have a good base of experience with the veterans we have. But if you can improve, it's a good thing," Davidson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch when asked of Shanahan's qualifications. "The thing about Brendan, he's a very mature hockey player. He's won championships with good organizations. When people like that are available, you have to explore it and try and improve your team. And also, the player has had some history here."

The 39-year-old Shanahan arrived in St. Louis after playing for New Jersey in the 1990-91 seasons. Then he was dealt to the Hartford Whalers in 1995 in a controversial trade with defenseman Chris Pronger.

Shanahan won three Stanley Cups with Detroit, where he spent eight-plus seasons. Last campaign with the Rangers, he tallied 23 goals and 23 assists, one of the fewest production he had in the league.