Shanahan Done

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!!

About Darren

Darren is a long time fan of the New Jersey Devils and had been covering the New Jersey Devils for various websites before starting up Running With The Devils in the fall of 2009.