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Rangers Made An Offer To Shanahan


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Ten years after failing to ante up and acquire Brendan Shanahan from Hartford to play with Wayne Gretzky, the Rangers head into this weekend as one of three teams bidding for the 37-year-old free agent left winger, The Post has confirmed.


Sources have told The Post that Shanahan has one-year offers of varying degrees from the Blueshirts and Canadiens in addition to one from the Red Wings, for whom he has played the last nine years and whom he helped lead to three Stanley Cup championships.


It is believed that Shanahan has offers of between $3.25-$3.5M from the Rangers; slightly more than that to return to Detroit; and significantly larger than that from Montreal. Despite reports elsewhere, neither the Kings nor the Bruins are in the hunt.


And despite the fact that the Rangers are currently offering less than his other two suitors, Shanahan, who began his career in New Jersey in 1987 and is expected to make a decision no later than early next week, is known to be intrigued by the opportunity to play on Broadway.


Although no longer the power forward of his youth, Shanahan remains one of the game's purest snipers, scoring 40 goals while adding 41 assists last year for Detroit. A right-handed shot who plays the off-wing, he'd provide a complementary left-circle threat on the power play - where he scored 14 goals last year - to Jaromir Jagr.


Regardless of whether Shanahan signs with the team, the Rangers are expected to complete a one-year deal with Martin Rucinsky. There is essentially no interest in bringing back Petr Sykora for an encore.

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