Shanahan is old news
Veteran likely not on team’s radar
PHILADELPHIA - The Bruins have holes to fill in their lineup, especially up front where this week they lost Milan Lucic (fractured finger) and Marc Savard (broken bone in foot) for most, if not all, of next month.
What to do? For now, general manager Peter Chiarelli has patched the roster with one trade, acquiring forward Daniel Paille from the Sabres, plus with a boatload of minor leaguers. Newcomers Paille, Trent Whitfield, Brad Marchand, and Vladimir Sobotka all suited up last night vs. the Flyers.
As for veteran relief, the pickings are slim. One of the few names available is 39-year-old Brendan Shanahan, the aged power forward who is an unrestricted free agent after failing to catch on this season for a sunset tour with the Devils.
“Where is he? Well, at the moment, he’s about to have a haircut,’’ said Rick Curran, Shanahan’s longtime agent, when reached by phone yesterday. “I just spoke with him. He’s fine. He’s skating every day at Chelsea Piers [in lower Manhattan], and still hoping he gets a call.’’
According to Curran, there is one club, not the Bruins, that remains interested in acquiring Shanahan, a sure-shot Hall of Famer with 656 goals and 1,354 points, as well as three Stanley Cup rings (all with Red Wing logos).
“It’s the usual issues,’’ said Curran. “You know, roster limits, salary-cap restrictions. It’s just a matter of remaining patient and ready.’’
The 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pound Shanahan was on Boston’s “person of interest’’ list last season before he signed with the Devils Jan. 15. By then, the Bruins were in high gear, en route to collecting 116 points and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the NHL stepped up its Classic marketing efforts here last night, handing all the Bruins and Flyers knit toques to wear instead of helmets during the warm-up. The Boston toque sported the cartoon-like “B’’ the club unveiled in September.
The equipment truck carrying all the necessary ice-making ingredients (except for water) will arrive at Fenway Park Dec. 10, and the first skating event is planned for Dec. 18. The Red Sox and Bruins have various on-ice events, including public skating, scheduled around the Jan. 1 game.
Details pertaining to those events are expected to be announced early next week.
“I never complained,’’ said Paille, who fell out of coach Lindy Ruff’s game-to-game plans and played only recently to fill a void while Thomas Vanek was sidelined by injury. “But I guess he had a couple of issues with me on the ice, thought I could be better . . . finishing checks and getting in scrums.’’
Overall, said Paille, he was glad the trade happened when it did.
“I’m happy it happened now rather than later,’’ he said.
“It’s only October, and it can be a long year if you’re not playing.’’
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