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Free agent Shanahan meets with Holmgren
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11-04-2008, 12:34 AM
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Though it' seems like a longshot, the Flyers are trying to sign free-agent winger Brendan Shanahan, who is being courted by the Devils and Blues, among others.
Shanahan, 39, who has scored 680 career goals, had a lengthy discussion with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren today.
Holmgren lauded Shanahan’s efforts as a two-way player and noted that his defense would help the Flyers.
“He gets it,” the general manager said.
Holmgren said he never discussed salary with Shanahan, who scored 23 goals with the Rangers last season. With the Flyers only about $700,000 under the NHL’s $56.7 million cap, the Flyers would have to be creative to sign Shanahan _ even if he signed for a bargain-basement price of, say, $1 million.
“It’s just very exploratory, on Brendan’s part and on our part,” Holmgren said. “But if you have an opportunity to add a good player who doesn’t cost you any assets, you have to look into it. He’s an experienced player and has been on three Stanley Cup champions and his presence on the ice and in the locker room would be invaluable.”
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