Latest on the Shane Doan watch, plus updates on the Predators and Sharks.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Phoenix Coyotes UFA Shane Doan is expected to meet with prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison to gain some insight into his efforts to purchase the club. If Jamison cannot provide the assurances the Doan camp seeks, they could turn toward seriously weighing offers from rival clubs.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports a source are likely out of the bidding for Doan, citing the high asking price. One Eastern Conference club has reportedly offered Doan a four-year, $30 million contract, while the Wings were hoping to ink him to a three year deal worth between $4.5-$5 million per.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports Doan’s agent said his client won’t be visiting Vancouver, not because he’s uninterested in joining the Canucks, but because he’s already very familiar with the city.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If a recent report suggesting Jamison’s bid for the Coyotes could be “on thin ice” due to lack of investors and funding, that could finally push Doan from his hope of re-signing with the Coyotes toward serious consideration of offers from other clubs. If the Red Wings are truly out of the bidding, it’ll only heighten the anxiety of some Red Wings fans unhappy over the club’s inability to land a significant free agent or two this summer.
EXAMINER.COM: Jim Diamond reports the Nashville Predators could be eyeing a trade to add another experienced defenseman to their blueline.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz, responding to readers’ questions, believes Alex Stalock and Antti Niemi would have the most trade value (hypothetically speaking), and believes there’s a place on the team for center Dominic Moore if he’s interested in returning with the Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the Kurz link.