Shanny set to Rock?

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

With the NHL season on life support, Brendan Shanahan resumed his lacrosse career with the NLL's Toronto Rock on Wednesday.

If and when the NHL season is cancelled, the Detroit Red Wings winger just might consider the National Lacrosse League as a viable option.

Shanahan, 36, a part owner of the Rock and a good lacrosse player as a teenager, practised with the Rock Wednesday night in Grimsby.

"I think he wants to see if he could still play," Brian Shanahan, Brendan's brother and lacrosse analyst for Rogers Sportsnet and The Score, said.

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"He did all the drills, and I think if the NHL season is cancelled, he'd seriously think about it."

Brendan Shanahan, who played with Buffalo Bandits star John Tavares on a Mississauga midget lacrosse team, lined up as a defender Wednesday night after Brian helped set up his involvement.

Rock general manager/coach Terry Sanderson isn't ready to sign Shanahan, but wouldn't rule out the possibility.

"If (the NHL season was cancelled) you'd have to entertain that," Sanderson said.

Shanahan, who was slated to earn $4 million US with the Red Wings this season, but could make a maximum of just more than $22,000 in the NLL, isn't the first NHL player that has made lacrosse headlines this season.

The Calgary Roughnecks selected Maple Leafs winger Gary Roberts in the final round of the NLL entry draft in October, but he has not been with the team.


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