NEW YORK (AP) - Brendan Shanahan is retiring from the NHL.
After 21 seasons and an almost certain Hall of Fame career, the 40-year-old forward announced Wednesday that he wouldn't play again. After going through training camp with the New Jersey Devils, the team he spent his final season with, he and the club mutually parted unexpectedly shortly before opening night of the season.
That move came one day after Shanahan, who scored 656 career goals, was told there was no spot for him on the Devils' top three lines.
He has not played this season.
Shanahan ranks 11th on the league's career goals list and is the only player with 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. The eight-time All-Star also played for Hartford, Detroit and the New York Rangers.