NHL: Shanahan denies offer?


The New York Rangers have offered Brendan Shanahan a try out contract according to the New York Post. It was believed the Rangers were set to make Shanahan a 1 year offer prior to training camp but the front office remains split on Shanahan. The Rangers want to see what they have first before offering a guaranteed contract to a veteran player on the downside of his career. Thus far Shanahan has refused to show up to camp without a guaranteed contract. Shanahan remains focused on playing with the Rangers but will explore other options in the next 7-10 days if the Rangers don’t make an official offer within that time frame.

NHL: Gaborik & Wild near Deal?


All this talk of Marian Gaborik wanting to play elsewhere may be just an after thought. Michael Russo, Star Tribune reports Ron Salcer the agent for Marian Gaborik gave the strongest indication Sunday that Gaborik has instructed him to get a deal done immediately. The Wild are believed to be offering a multi-year deal worth over $8.5 million per season. Source: Star Tribune

NHL: Schneider talks intensifying


Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke is currently talking to six teams regarding defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Among the most interested parties have been the La Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens. The Kings have been the team mentioned the most over the past two months but Kings GM Dean Lombardi has not been given the OK from ownership to add Schneider’s salary. Lombardi remains in contact with Brian Burke but the Kings will have to send some salary back to the Ducks. Andy Strickland reports Derek Armstrong could be heading the other way.

NFL: Steelers release Gary Russell


The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have released running back Gary Russell and promoted linebacker Patrick Bailey. Russell originally made the Steelers roster as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007. With the additions of Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore, Russell became expendable.

NHL: Selanne seeks two year deal?


Forward Teemu Selanne is looking for a two year deal from the Anaheim Ducks. Selanne has been invited to camp on a tryout basis until the Ducks move enough salary. Andy Strickland reports the Ducks are close to trading Mathieu Schneider to the LA Kings. The Ducks have also been trying to gauge trade interest in forward Todd Marchant. Source: Orange County Register

NFL: Timmons to see increased role Sunday afternoon?


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons is expected to see his playing time increase against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon. The Steelers have been designing packages where Timmons sort of acts like a spy to neutralize Eagles running back Brian Westbrook. With Brett Keisel out of action, it also expected that Timmons will be used a bit more on the outside during blitzing situations.

NHL: Shanahan to look elsewhere?


There are strong indications that the New York Rangers front office remains split on whether to bring back forward Brendan Shanahan. Numbers have been discussed but the Rangers have yet to make an official offer. Newsday reports “the possibility remains that the Rangers will offer Shanahan a one-year deal before the team leaves Sept. 27 with about 30 players for Europe, where they will play two preseason games in Bern, Switzerland, and open the season against Tampa Bay in Prague on Oct. 4.” The St.Louis Blues have been among a group of teams that have inquired about Shanahan. Source: Newsday