This is surprising but Brendan Shanahan will not be a NJ Devil this season. Shanahan issued a statement through the Devils.
“I have decided not to continue with the New Jersey Devils for my 22nd NHL season,” Shanahan said. “When I signed this past summer, Lou Lamoriello, Jacques Lemaire and I agreed that if I 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.
“I have great respect for Lou, Jacques, and the entire Devils’ organization. This decision is both mutual and amicable. I am planning to spend the next couple of weeks with my family to reflect on and evaluate my plans for the future.
“Most importantly, I would like to thank my former teammates and wish them the best of luck for this season.”
I’m failry sure that it will come out that this is a youth movement and that Shanahan either didn’t fit on the team or didn’t fit in the top lines where Lemaire wanted him to be. Whatever the reason, I am a bit stunned. I’m sure more will come of this story…. stay tuned!!