In a surprise move, the Devils cut Brandon Shanahan, a decision which was apparently mutual; Shanahan wanted to be a top-nine forward and the Devils didn’t have an opening.
Shanahan hasn’t announced his retirement, but it’s going to be tough to find a place for him. If you recall, he landed in New Jersey last year after much deliberation and including a lot of geographic limitations. The Flyers were rumored to be in the mix for Shanahan last year, but this season, they’re so capped out, it wasn’t even a given they would find the money to sign Blair Betts.
Shanahan started the pre-season strong, even spending some time playing on the Devils’ top line. Plus, with Patrik Elias down and no help on the way, I thought Shanahan would start the season playing on the top two lines. Shanahan’s cutting could be the prelude to a trade, but it could also just be a very clear indication the Devils didn’t think Shanahan had what it takes to regularly score in the NHL.
It’s a sad ending to a great NHL career, though.
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