Brendan Shanahan ready for 22nd NHL season, but will it be with New Jersey Devil
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There is enough interest around the league in Brendan Shanahan that the veteran winger is already looking forward to training camp and his 22nd NHL season.
But agent Rick Curran wouldn’t say on Monday if Shanahan and the Devils were getting close to a deal. Shanahan, 40, is an unrestricted free agent.
“I have nothing to report at this time,” Curran said. “I’m encouraged to the extent that I know Brendan will be playing this year. That’s all I’m prepared to say.”
Asked to characterize talks with the Devils, Curran said: “I can’t.”
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has said he’d like to bring Shanahan back at the right price. He also said the decision would hinge on discussions with new head coach Jacques Lemaire.
Curran said he didn’t know if a decision on Shanahan’s future would happen in the next few days or weeks, but said the future Hall of Famer would be reporting to an NHL training camp. He will not have to wait until mid-season before being signed, as he did last season.