The following is a statement from Devils’ right wing Brendan Shanahan in regard to the 2009-10 season:
“I have decided not to continue with the New Jersey Devils for my 22nd NHL season.
“When I signed this past summer, Lou Lamoriello, Jacques Lemaire, and I agreed that if we were unable to find a suitable fit in which I would be able to compete and contribute at the level I expect from myself, then I would simply step aside.
“I have great respect for Lou, Jacques, and the entire Devils’ organization. This decision is both mutual and amicable.
“I am planning to spend the next couple of weeks with my family to reflect on and evaluate my plans for the future.
“Most importantly, I would like to thank my former teammates and wish them the best of luck for this season.”