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We've made no secret our feelings that the NHL is a better place with Brendan Shanahan playing in it, and not just because he's one of the rapidly disappearing members of the Whale. He's a compelling personality, an ambassador of the game and an important voice that's helped shape the product we see today.

So we're tickled that Shanny intends to play in 2008-09, as Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated reports today. His focus is on a one-year deal with the New York Rangers; if that contract doesn't come to pass, then he'd be willing to listen to offers from teams.

The Celebriducks featured here represent the Detroit Red Wings (Shanny Duck), where Shanahan would obviously be welcomed by fans with open arms; and the New Jersey Devils (Marty Duck), who are already doing the "circle is complete" thing with Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston this season, so why not Shanny?

(The Sliding Pokecheck found these and other Celebriducks bars of soap. We certainly could have fun with that Pronger one, even if he's dressed as a Blues defenseman.)

One last bit of news from the Farber piece: He reports that Shanahan "already has deflected off-ice offers, including from media outlets." So the question now becomes whether Shanny was on the "Hockey Night in Canada" radar before Mike Milbury, or whether TSN sought to replace either Milbury or Glenn Healy with him.

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