Brendan Shanahan seemed to be leaning in this direction since the Devils' season ended on April 28, but his agent Rick Curran confirmed today that the 40-year-old winger intends to play at least one more season in the NHL. It would be his 23rd season in the league.
That said, there have been no conversations so far between Curran and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello about re-signing Shanahan, who is slated to become an unrestricted free on July 1 -- now only one week away. .
"I can't say that I've had any conversations with any club, but Brendan is definitely going to play hockey next year," Curran told me today.
Curran would not discuss whether Shanahan would be willing re-sign with the Devils if they reach out to him before July 1.
"In fairness, I really don't want to say too much," Curran said. "I haven't had an opportunity to talk with Lou, keeping in mind he is still the property of the Devils."
Shanahan, who was originally drafted second overall by the Devils in 1987 and has played for five different teams, is the NHL's active leader with 656 career goals in 1,524 regular season games. He put up six goals and eight assists in 34 games with the Devils after signing with the team as an unrestricted free agent on Jan. 15.