Sunday, July 09, 2006

Shanahan to the Rangers; Poti moves over to the Island

The New York Post reports that forward Brendan Shanahan has agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.
The Post adds that the 37-year-old veteran took the deal - worth about $4 million for next season - after turning down more lucrative offers from both the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens.
Shanahan reportedly informed Canadiens GM Bob Gainey Saturday he was rejecting his team's bid to sign him.
Shanahan had 40 goals and 81 points last season and earned $2.28 million US.
The 18-year NHLer played for nine seasons in Detroit, helping lead the team capture three Stanley Cups.
In 1,350 career games with the Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils, he has 598 goals and 1,232 points.

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Rangers defenceman Tom Poti is moving across town.
The 29-year-old Poti joined the rival Islanders on Saturday, signing a $2.75-million US, one-year deal after three-plus, up-and-down seasons on Broadway.
"From the beginning of free agency, I told my agent that I wanted to see if something could be worked out with the Islanders," said Poti, a U.S. Olympian in 2002. "The opportunity to be one of the veterans on such a talented young team is something I wanted."
Poti was thrust into the spotlight with the Rangers after fan-favourite Brian Leetch was traded to Toronto late in the 2003-04 season - New York's fifth straight out of the playoffs.
Known as an offensive-minded defenceman, Poti never could live up to expectations and was unable to be a comparable replacement to Leetch - a likely Hall of Famer.

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