The Devils placed left wing Brendan Shanahan on waivers today, general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed.
If Shanahan is not claimed by another team before noon on Wednesday, the Devils would be free to assign him to their AHL affiliate in Lowell. That would clear his $1 million salary from their salary cap.
Lamoriello would not say whether Shanahan would be assigned to Lowell or what the next step would be if the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer is not claimed by another team. He also would not answer when asked if he had discussed this plan with Shanahan before placing him on waivers.
Shanahan's agent, Rick Curran, has not returned telephone messages.
The Devils moved Shanahan Monday to the "non-roster list", so they could activate right wing Ilkka Pikkarainen off injured reserve.
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