Guest Editorial: Brendan on Broadway

To all the Red Wing fans who wanted to see Shanny gone, I hope you come to regret that wish.

To all the Red Wing fans who are brokenhearted to see the best power forward of the last decade to leave Hockeytown, I send my condolences.

But time marches on and so too has Brendan Shanahan. I secretly wished for Shanahan to become a Ranger for a very long time but I dismissed it as impossible. Brendan Shanahan would never come to the hapless New York Rangers, the team the whole league loves to hate! He would retire a Red Wing and take over as Captain after Steve Yzerman retired. I am happy to say that for Ranger fans, I was very much surprised and mistaken. I am sad to say for Detroit fans that the negative comments I have read on numerous Wings message boards may have been what drove Shanny away.

Well you may say that the Rangers once again are signing an aging veteren in a futile attempt to be a winning team. Well, that is no longer the case. The Rangers were a winning team and were one point away from the Atlantic Division title until the injury bug decimated them at the end of last season. They relied upon their one trick work horse (Jaromir Jagr). Their lack of scoring depth killed them in the playoffs.

Brendan Shanahan brings scoring depth on the left side and from the point on the power play. Brendan Shanahan brings veteran leadership to the young players on the Rangers. Brendan Shanahan brings class and a commitment to play his best for the New York Rangers, as he always did for all the teams he has played for in the past.

At the end of the day, I don't care if Brendan scores 40 goals or 25 goals. He brings a dimension to the Rangers that they have been lacking. I hope for Brendan's sake he does well in New York. Ranger fans really know how to express their appreciation for their cherished players.

Welcome to the Big Apple, Shanny! I hope to see you enjoy the Rangers Stick Raising Salute to the Fans after each Ranger home victory, learn the lyrics to "Sweet Caroline" and hear the Irish Jig after every goal you score at the Garden!

Cead Mile Failte Brendan Shanahan
(Irish for A Thousand Welcomes)

"mhurley" is a frequent guest writer for the [url=http://www.hockeyrodent.com/]HockeyRodent[/url], a member of the DetroitHockey.Net and [url=http://www.hockeybird.com/]Hockeybird[/url] communities, and devoted fan of Brendan Shanahan.

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The NY Post and a short update on the Freep's web site says that Shanny signed with the Rangers, spurning better offers from both the Wings and the Habs.

This gives me that same feeling as when Fedorov left and took less money, that somehow, after all this time, the Wings are suddenly not good enough for him?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/9/2006 at 10:42 AM

 

As far as I am concerned, Shanahan has pulled the biggest dick move next to Ben Wallace leaving for Chicago. In my opinion, this is a worse scenario. Let's compare this to the Fedorov situation. Fedorov believed that he could carry the RedWings, he thought he was the entire team. Fedorov left Detroit to play in Anaheim and Columbus and managed less then 10 goals per season.

The Shanahan situation might end up the same. Shanahan left Detroit for no apparent reason. He most likely thought he was the team, even though the reason he scored 40 goals was because of Lidstrom, Datsyuk, and Zetterberg. He will play in New York, but I can guarantee he will not score over 20 goals this up comin season.

In my personal opinion, I think Shanahan went to the Rangers so he could be closer to his wife. Think about it, he was only considering offers from East Coast teams (excluding St. Louis). And considering that he lives in Massachussetts, this is the only logical reason that I can comprehend. Seriously, what other reason besides family issues would keep you from wanting to play in Hockey Town?

Posted by choyer on 7/9/2006 at 1:18 PM

 

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I can't decide if this is a "dick move" or not. Like I said, it feels like when Fedorov bolted (not like Wallace's move, at least Shanny didn't say he was disappointed by Detroit's offer) but Fedorov was always so arrogant it was easy to dislike him, which made it easier to be p*ssed at him when he left.

Shanahan's been a nice guy while he's been here, it makes it harder to be p*ssed off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/10/2006 at 10:34 AM

 

Clark what is your prediction for a replacement since Guerin went to St Louis?

Posted by SYfanSD on 7/10/2006 at 12:03 PM

 

I've got nothing. I was certain that Shanny would re-sign since I thought the Wings would have gone after Guerin if they knew they couldn't keep Shanny.

Now, I think it means that Bootland's got a spot on the team and the Wings will make more of a push for Michael Peca. Either that or they're really changing the direction of the team.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/10/2006 at 12:54 PM

 

They should bring up Don MacLean and Daryl Bootland to give them some experience. These are Detroit's open positions.

Goalie (1 position)

Defenseman (1 position)

Forward (3 or 4 positions)

For goalie I would trade Kris Draper for San Jose's goalie Vesa Toskala or Evgeni Nabokov, both Toskala and Nabokov are young and could be signed for a long term contract. For the open defensemen I would sign Danny Markov from the Nashville Predators. Danny Markov plays a physical game but doesn't get too many penalties. He is nearly comparable to Vladimir Konstantinov, but not quite as tough. I would bring up Don MacLean and Daryl Bootland to fill 2 of the Forward Positions. I would also sign Michael Peca to take up a Forward Position. He is an excellent player that could nearly take the place of Shanahan. For the last forward position I would sign either Sergei Samsonov or Anson Carter. Anson Carter seems more probable since he has the most goals out of any Free Agents left ont he market. He scored 33 goals last year for the Vancouver Canucks.

Posted by choyer on 7/10/2006 at 1:47 PM

 

I like that thinking but I would expect San Jose to want more for Toskala. Nabokov is more likely to be available but he's also expensive. Of the goalies left out there, Martin Brion of Buffalo is at the top of my list but I have no idea what the asking price for him is.

The only other issue I see is that one of the forward spots will have to be taken by Jiri Hudler, he can't go back to GR without passing through waivers.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/10/2006 at 2:02 PM

 

They could trade Draper, Maltby and Draft Picks for Toskala, then there would be 2 more open forward spots that could be filled by Hudler and Fillpula or Kopecky.

Posted by choyer on 7/10/2006 at 2:19 PM

 

If I'm the Sharks, I don't go for that deal, but I see where you're going with it.

I'm not sure if I like a move like that. After losing Yzerman and Shanahan in a week, I feel like the Wings need to hold on to all the guys left from the Cup runs for as long as possible. The other side says to dump them to speed up the inevitable rebuild.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/10/2006 at 2:53 PM

 

Clark, I think that part of the reason Shanny left was because in his own mind he was the team and once he found out he was not going to be Stevies successor he felt compelled to leave. But he only signed for a year, he could have second thought s after that, however I don't see the fans forgiving him. And the rebuild is now a reality

Posted by SYfanSD on 7/10/2006 at 10:27 PM

 

I really don't think that's the case 'cause there were a lot of people who speculated that Lidstrom would be the next captain with the caveat that Shanny might not return. If it was for sure that he was coming back at that point, more people would have called for Shanahan to be the next captain.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/11/2006 at 10:43 AM

 

XM 204 reports that Jagr is being considered for the C, however if he turns it down Shanny is possibly their next choice.

Posted by SYfanSD on 9/7/2006 at 10:10 PM

 

Yeah, head coach Tom Renney mentioned Jagr, Shanahan and Kasparaitis as the captain candidates in a New York Post article yesterday. Wouldn't be the first time Shanahan showed up on a team and immediately stepped into a leadership role.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/8/2006 at 6:24 AM

 

Case and point is the Whalers in the Mid 90's

Posted by SYfanSD on 9/8/2006 at 3:11 PM

 

And the Wings, he got the "A" before even playing a game here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/8/2006 at 5:40 PM

 

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