New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Brendan Shanahan.
"We are thrilled to welcome Brendan and his family to the Rangers," said Sather. "He continues to perform at an elite level and also brings outstanding leadership qualities to our organization. Brendan will be a tremendous player and person for our young players to learn from."
Shanahan 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 last season. 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.
He also tied for second on the team with a plus-29 rating, placed second in power play goals with 14 and ranked third on Detroit with six game-winning goals. His point total represented his highest output since the 1996-97 season, when he registered 47 goals and 41 assists for 88 points in 81 games with the Hartford Whalers and Detroit Red Wings.
A veteran of 18 NHL seasons, the 6-3, 220-pounder ranks first among all active NHL players in goals and is 15th on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list with 598. He enters the season looking to become only the 15th player in NHL history to reach the 600-goal plateau. Shanahan is a seven-time NHL All-Star and has captured three Stanley Cup Championships with the Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He has appeared in 1,350 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers and Detroit Red Wings, collecting 598 goals and 634 assists for 1,232 points, along with 2,378 penalty minutes.
During the 2005-06 season, he became only the 10th player in NHL history to have 12 seasons of at least 30 goals and also became the ninth player all-time to have 17, 20-goal seasons. In addition, the two-time 50-goal scorer has scored at least 40 goals in six of his 18 seasons in the NHL.
In 157 career post-season matches, Shanahan has registered 53 goals and 66 assists for 119 points, along with 257 penalty minutes. In the 1997 playoffs, en route to capturing his first Stanley Cup, he led the Red Wings in goals (nine) and game-winning goals (two). The following season, in 1998, he collected five goals and four assists and helped Detroit win the Cup for the second consecutive season.
During the 2002 Cup run, Shanahan tallied eight goals and 11 assists, along with 20 penalty minutes in 23 post-season games. Among all players in the playoffs that season, he ranked fourth 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.
The Mimico, Ontario native was originally the New Jersey Devils' first round choice, second overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.