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SHANAHAN MOVING ON

Veteran free-agent forward Brendan Shanahan has closed the book on his time with the Rangers and is looking for work with another team.

"It's no secret he was focused on believing he would be staying in New York with the Rangers," Shanahan's agent, Rick Curran, said. "But it's not going to happen." He is open "to any and all possibilities," Curran said.

Shanahan, who turns 40 in January, had 23 goals for the Rangers last year. But the Rangers, who made significant changes in the offseason, did not have either roster space or cap room for him after two seasons.

For a long time, Shanahan believed the Rangers would at some point make room for him. But as the season heads into its second month with the Rangers the top team in the league, he decided this week it was time to move on.

If Shanahan returns, he would be the top goal-scorer among active players (650) and third in points (1,340 in 1,490 games), behind the Avalanche's Joe Sakic and the Lightning's Mark Recchi.

Capitals: The team still isn't sure when Alex Ovechkin, in Russia visiting his ailing grandfather, will be back in the lineup. GM George McPhee spoke to last season's league MVP by phone but he did not have a timetable for Ovechkin's return. Ovechkin missed Tuesday's win over the Predators. The team did get some good news: Defenseman Tom Poti returned to practice after sitting out two weeks with a groin injury. "We've missed him a lot. He's such a good defensive defenseman, and he's such a good fit," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Senators: The team re-signed captain and five-time All-Star Daniel Alfredsson to a four-year contact. Terms were not disclosed, but the Ottawa Sun reported the deal is worth $22-million. Alfredsson, 35, has scored at least 70 points in each of the past seven seasons, including a career-high 103 in 2005-06. He had three years remaining on his current deal but has a clause in it that allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season if he played 70 games and registered 70 points. The team decided to open negotiations on an extension this month.

Thrashers: Defenseman Zach Bogosian, the No. 3 pick in this year's draft, is out indefinitely with a broken left leg. A team spokesman said the injury won't require surgery. Bogosian was hurt when Philadelphia's Darroll Powe slammed him into the boards during the Flyers' 7-0 victory Tuesday.

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