Thursday Jan. 15, 2009
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Brendan Shanahan is back where he started. The unrestricted free agent has finalized a contract with the New Jersey Devils and is expected to be with the team for tomorrow night's road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The soon-to-be 40-year-old forward reached a tentative agreement with the club last weekend.
Shanahan played the last two seasons with the New York Rangers. He had hoped to stay with them, but grew tired of waiting for a contract offer.
New Jersey obtained Shanahan with the No. 2 pick in the 1987 NHL draft and he left the Devils in 1991 to sign with the St. Louis Blues.
Shanahan has amassed 650 goals and 1,340 points over 21 NHL seasons. He ranks 11th on the career goal list, 24th in points, and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings. He has scored at least 20 goals in 19 consecutive seasons.
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