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New contract brings Shanahan back for 2007-08

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Brendan Shanahan, named an alternate captain on opening night, scored 29 goals and played in the NHL All-Star Game for the eighth time during his first season with the Rangers.

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Brendan Shanahan.

Shanahan, 38, skated in 67 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 29 goals and 33 assists for 62 points, along with 47 penalty minutes. The captain of the 2007 Eastern Conference All-Star Team finished the season tied for second on the Blueshirts with 29 goals, while his 62 points ranked fourth on the club.

He also tied for first on the team with three shorthanded goals and 14 power play goals, and placed second on the Rangers with 295 shots on goal. Shanahan notched his 18th career hat trick on December 3 vs. the Islanders, and with his third goal of the game, became the second player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in 18 consecutive seasons (Shanahan-18, Howe-22).

"This is a significant day for the Rangers as it marks the continuation of top end, experienced leadership for our team," said Rangers Head Coach Tom Renney. "The combination of Jaromir (Jagr) and Brendan along with Martin Straka as our captains secures our objective moving forward , and with the likes of Chris (Drury) and Scott (Gomez) joining our ranks , as a coaching staff we couldn't be more pleased."

In his Rangers debut on October 5 vs. Washington, Shanahan notched two goals and became just the 15th NHL player to reach the 600-goal plateau. In the 2007 playoffs, he collected five goals and two assists, along with 12 penalty minutes. His five goals tied for second on the team.

A veteran of 19 NHL seasons, the 6-3, 220-pounder leads all active NHL players in goals scored and is 12th on the league's all-time goal scoring list with 627. Shanahan is an eight-time NHL All-Star and captured three Stanley Cup Championships while with the Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He has appeared in 1,417 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings and Rangers, collecting 627 goals and 667 assists for 1,294 points, along with 2,425 penalty minutes.

In addition, the two-time 50-goal scorer has scored at least 40 goals in six of his 19 seasons in the NHL and he is one of only 11 players in NHL history to have 12 seasons of at least 30 goals. In 2005-06, he registered 40 goals and 41 assists for 81 points, along with 105 penalty minutes and a plus-29 rating while skating in 82 games with the Detroit Red Wings. His 40 goals led the club and tied for 10th in the league, while his 81 points (24th in NHL) ranked third on the Wings.

In 167 career postseason contests, Shanahan has registered 58 goals and 68 assists for 126 points, along with 269 penalty minutes. In the 1997 playoffs, en route to capturing his first Stanley Cup, he led the Red Wings in goals (nine) and ranked second on the team in scoring with 17 points (nine goals and eight assists). The following season, in 1998, he collected five goals and four assists and helped Detroit win the Cup for the second consecutive season.

During Detroit's2002 Cup run, Shanahan tallied eight goals and 11 assists, along with 20 penalty minutes in 23 postseason games. Among all players in the playoffs that season, he tied for third in scoring with 19 points and led the league in power play assists (eight).

Internationally, Shanahan has represented Canada at several tournaments, including the World Junior Championships in 1986, The World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and the Winter Olympics in 1998 and 2002. In 2002, he captured the gold medal in Salt Lake City, Utah and won the Stanley Cup, and at the time, became only the third player in NHL history to win both in the same year.

"Brendan is a winner," said Renney. "It's as simple as that."

The Mimico, Ontario native was originally the New Jersey Devils' first round choice, second overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
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