Shanahan Signs with Devils, Coming Back for 22nd Season


Aug 5, 2009

Shanahan Signs with Devils, Coming Back for 22nd Season Brendan Shanahan isn't finished playing in the NHL yet. After agreeing to a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, the 40-year old veteran will return for his 22nd season in the league.

"What Brendan brings is what we thought he would — experience and he can be used in every situation," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star-Ledger. "More important, he accepts whatever situation that might be. I wanted to make sure it was something he felt comfortable with. Also that it was something Jacques Lemaire was very comfortable with because whenever you have a veteran you can never be clear enough on what their role can be and will be."

Currently the NHL's active leading scorer with 656 goals, Shanahan is expected to be in training camp with the Devils when it begins on Sept. 12. He played for the Devils last season from mid-January until the end of the Devils' postseason run after sitting out the first half of the season as a free agent.

Shanahan scored six goals and added eight assists in 34 games for the Devils in 2008-09. He had a goal and two assists for the Devils in their seven-game defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference quaterfinals.

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