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The Philadelphia Flyers are toying with the idea of adding one of the great offensive players in history, Brendan Shanahan, to reduce the number of goals they are allowing.

Shanahan, 39, a free-agent winger with 680 career goals, had a lengthy discussion with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren Monday. Holmgren lauded Shanahan's efforts as a two-way player and said his defense would help the Flyers.

"He gets it," Holmgren said.

Holmgren said he never discussed salary with Shanahan, who scored 23 goals for the New York Rangers last season. With the Flyers only about $700,000 under the $56.7 million cap, the club would have to be creative to sign Shanahan, even if he signed for a bargain-basement price of, say, $1 million.

"It's just very exploratory, on Brendan's part and on our part," Holmgren said. "But if you have an opportunity to add a good player who doesn't cost you any assets, you have to look into it. He's an experienced player and has been on three Stanley Cup champions, and his presence on the ice and in the locker room would be invaluable."

In their seven losses, including two in overtime and one in a shoot-out, the Flyers


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