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Brendan Shanahan’s Short Memory

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Brendan Shanahan hasn’t missed many high notes since assuming command of the moribund Maple Leafs in April 2014. He has been a progressive leader of the fabled franchise that hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967, the last year of the Original Six, selling both ownership and a demanding fan base on a meticulous rebuild plan that would demand patience. In many ways, the Rangers are copying his blueprint.

But boy, did Shanahan blow some sour notes this week when he suggested the recalcitrant, unsigned restricted free agent William Nylander and pending 2019 Group II’s Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner should be willing to take hometown discounts in order to accommodate Toronto’s cap crunch and thus remain Maple Leafs through this era of revival.

The club president did what players who move into management always do, ignoring their own, often inconvenient, histories. Indeed, Shanahan applied selective memory in harkening back to his Stanley Cup-winning days in Detroit while implying that the marquee Red Wings took less money in order to remain together as the foundation of the unit that captured the chalice in 1997, 1998 and 2002....

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Just wondering: Would Henrik Zetterberg’s back have forced him into the league’s twilight zone LTI retirement haven with three deeply discounted years remaining on his contract if the Red Wings weren’t a bottom-feeder? But no circumvention, nothing to see here, deputy Bill Daly says so.

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Just wondering: Would Henrik Zetterberg’s back have forced him into the league’s twilight zone LTI retirement haven with three deeply discounted years remaining on his contract if the Red Wings weren’t a bottom-feeder? But no circumvention, nothing to see here, deputy Bill Daly says so.

Ahh, there’s the ignorant a**hole Brooks everyone knows.

Did Brooks like, do a single bit of research on the topic?  To know that the reason the move to LTIR was not a surprise is because we all knew about the problems last season?

No of course not.  That requires an iota of intelligence and sense.

Inferring that Zetterberg’s lying about his physical condition is extremely disrespectful and inappropriate.  He really shouldn’t have played last year.

God willing, something eventually happens to disable Brooks from writing any more.  We should all be so fortunate…

Posted by Primis on 10/07/18 at 10:35 AM ET

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The club president did what players who move into management always do, ignoring their own, often inconvenient, histories.

So, after two years of 20 goals each, Shanahan held out as an RFA because he wanted to be one of the 25 highest paid players in the league?

Right.  That’s what I thought.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/07/18 at 04:00 PM ET

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