Interesting idea, but I'm not sure if Shanahan would do this. He could easily be a 2nd liner on another team for the same price. It really comes to down to what he wants, not what the Rangers want.
Also, a 4th liner making 4+ million is far too much.
He has to see his ice time really should be cut down. He's a smart guy. Can he be honest with himself? I guess we'll see. Does he want to sty in NY and play on a good team, become a real franchise vet. Set himself up for after his playing days perhaps.
Hes awesome on the special teams, Thats where he can still shine.
He could sign with some teams that might give him top minutes, but it can't, it won't be the Rangers.
Depending on how much $$$ he wants, I would do it. He's still got a shot line none other, he just doesn't have his legs anymore. Playing 4th line would give him ~7 mins/night + PP time. If he'll accept those duties for a reasonable price I'd jump on it.
Just have to remember that, at least during the regular season, Orr is going to dress most nights, so we're talking about a 4th line of Betts with Orr and Shanny most nights.
As "mouser" pointed out, its not a "high energy hitting/checking line," but I would go with that for the chance to bring back Shanny for his lockeroom value and his ability to play some PK, a little PP, and chip in some goals.
I don't see the value in using a kid in a 4th line role during the season anyway - it does nothing for your development to play 5-10 minutes a night.
And maybe you can move Freddy now - he definitely has value.
That is of course if Shanny were willing to accept that reduced role, but I tend to think he would. He fits this organization.
Anyone that says Shanny can't play is blind. If he took a 4th line job I'd give it to him in a second. Even 3rd line, I wouldn't question. That's not to say his 1st line days are over, but the guy plays a much bigger role that anyone on HF gives him credit for. Anyone that writes this guy off simply has no idea what they're talking about. What was he, 2nd, 3rd in goals on this team? I really don't see an argument here.