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by Paul on 10/01/09 at 08:59 PM ET
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Was Shanahan cut or did he leave the team? Shanahan is still on the Devils’ roster, so, technically, he has not been cut. It’s clear, however, that Shanahan was at least urged out the door when Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Jacques Lemaire told him during their Wednesday meeting that there was no room for him on the top three lines and that they intended to go with younger players. Shanahan is 40. Although Lamoriello would not discuss whether he wanted Shanahan to stay as a fourth-liner, a source told me today that Shanahan was no interested in a fourth line role.
If Shanahan is still on the roster, does his $1 million salary count against the Devils’ salary cap? Yes. As Lamoriello said, today, if a player is on the roster, his salary counts against the cap.
Is Shanahan being paid? Lamoriello did not want to discuss this. There apparently is some way the Devils would not have to pay him, but I don’t know for sure. Because the regular season begins today, I believe this was the first day players began being paid their NHL salaries
When will Shanahan be removed from the roster? Lamoriello said that would probably happen when Illka Pikkarainen is ready to come off injured reserve.
Does Shanahan have to be placed on waivers to come off the roster? Lamoriello said, “not necessarily.
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