I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I’ve been on the phone with Richard Simmons since Friday, so I’m feeling much better.
You know who’s not feeling so well? Brendan Shanahan. It seems all of the teams that might have wanted him are now playing so well, they really don’t need him. The Flyers are suddenly basking in the surprising glow of Jeff Carter. Carter never cracked 30 goals in a season and he’s already got 16. Where would Philadelphia put Shanahan at this point?
The Bruins are another hot team that doesn’t have a need for Shanahan anymore.
The Blues are supposed to be interested, but Shanahan isn’t.
So the moral of the story is, you can be picky about where you play and you can play in the NHL, but you can’t be picky and play in the NHL. At least not when you’re pushing 40. It’s kind of a sad end to a great career.
Also, make sure you read that last ESPN.com link so you can read Pierre LeBrun’s report the Blackhawks are interested in Mats Sundin. What does Sundin have over half of the NHL’s GMs?
Also, apparently there are rumors the Avs are going to go after Buffalo’s mercurial Maxim Afinogenov. I wonder if the Avs would kick the tires on New York Ranger Petr Prucha, a healthy scratch for much of the season, and someone who might be going down to the minors for a conditioning stint. Of course, the Rangers need a strong defenseman and the Avs aren’t exactly deep at that position. Prucha’s just as inconsistent as Afinogenov, though, and might be just the ticket for a struggling club looking for a player it can depend upon sometimes, but not all the time.