Shane Doan to starting considering his options today, a call for the Predators to sign or trade Shea Weber, and suggesting the Blue Jackets retain Rick Nash for next season if a suitable trade cannot be made this summer.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan could start fielding offers from rival teams today. His agent expect Doan will probably start doing so on Tuesday, adding there was nothing imminent. Doan decided to wait until today to determine the progress of the Coyotes sale to the Jamieson group, but currently there’s an effort afoot to force a referendum on the issue by pushing the arena lease agreement onto the November ballot. The Doan camp has been in constant contact with Coyotes GM Don Maloney, and there’s no deadline as to when he could reach a decision over where he’ll play next season.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James believes the Red Wings will push hard for Doan if he’s willing to listen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers, Flyers, Penguins, Canadiens, Bruins, Panthers, Stars and Kings are also believed among the clubs who could get into the bidding for Doan, but by the sound of things, it could be a while (perhaps weeks) until he makes a decision on which club he signs with. And if the effort for a referendum on the lease agreement falls through, that could open the door for his return to the Coyotes.
THE TENNESSEAN: David Climer believes the Predators should either sign Shea Weber to an expensive new contract or trade him for the best return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Again, if Weber is willing to sign a multi-year deal, I believe the Predators will work hard at getting it done, but if he only wants a one-year extension, it’s time to shop him, rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer, or have another season of uncertainty over one of their top defensemen hanging over the team.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Rob Oller believes the Blue Jackets should retain Rick Nash for next season if the right deal cannot be find, dismissing the possibility it could have an adverse effect upon the team’s morale.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ideally, the Jackets would want to move Nash before the start of next season, but given how stubbornly they’re clinging to their high asking price, it wouldn’t be surprising if they went into this season with him still on the roster.