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10-31-2008, 08:05 PM
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This franchise was turned around long before Shanny ever arrived at MSG. Jagr, Lundqvist, Straka, Nylander, Renney, and company are the parties that are truly responsible for the return to respectability and good form. If anything, Shanny hurt the development of young players, notably Prucha, whom role he assumed, while not necessarily earning it.

That being said, he brought a lot of intangibles to this team, and certainly proved to be a role model both on and off the ice for the young, new generation of players that Sather (rightly or wrongly) is building the future NYR teams around.

Unless that player has embarrassed the team or shown contempt for the team, I'm always in favor of giving a nice send off to a player who served the NYR, whether that player is Brian Leetch or Tom Poti. Brendan Shanahan bled for this club, and I'm glad I had the chance to root for him for the last two years.

Good luck, Shanny.

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