The latest on Shane Doan, Bobby Ryan, and Joe Thornton, plus updates on the Hurricanes and Sharks.
TVASPORTS.COM: Louis-Andre Lariviere reports Terry Bross, the agent for Shane Doan, claimed prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison never contacted his client on Friday, leading Bross to claim he expects Doan to give him the go-ahead to negotiate contracts with other clubs. That runs counter to a report in the Phoenix Business Journal claiming Jamison did indeed meet with Doan.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch recently reported the Pittsburgh Penguins were prepared to make a four-year, $24 million offer to Doan if they haven’t already.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Appears to be some confusion over Doan and Jamison, but if his agent claims there wasn’t any contact, we have to assume Doan could be moving on. The Penguins supposed offer would be worth $6 million per season, which they can afford to pay, but could handcuff them down the road, especially for a player turning 36 in October.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jeff Miller has a collection of links from around the internet tying Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan to the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Rick Nash off the trade market and Alexander Semin signed by the Hurricanes, Ryan would become the most attractive under-30 scoring forward potentially available. That being said, these reports are merely speculation at this point. I’m sure the GMs of those respective teams would love to land Ryan, but there’s no conclusive way of knowing if they’re pursuing him, let alone if the Ducks are truly shopping him.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont suggests the NY Rangers – who acquired Rick Nash last week from Columbus – could “make a real play” for San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, as he and Nash played well together in Switzerland during the lockout and in international play for Canada.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few problems with this one. First, the Rangers are currently pursuing Shane Doan. Second, it would cost more of their young players (Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, or Ryan McDonagh) to land Thornton, which the Blueshirts don’t want to part with. Third, they’ve already got a proven play-making center (one who has played on a Cup winner and was a playoff MVP) in Brad Richards. Fourth, the Sharks won’t part with Thornton unless he demands a trade. Fifth, Thornton doesn’t want to move.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Mike Halford speculated over possible moves by San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson, suggesting he might get into the bidding for Bobby Ryan (though the Ducks probably won’t trade him to a division rival), try to move Patrick Marleau (though he doesn’t sound as though he’s ready to move on), or stand pat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been talk of the Sharks shopping Dan Boyle for a scoring forward but I have my doubts about that. Boyle may be ageing and did get off to a slow start last season but improved in the second half. His experience, skills and leadership would be tough to replace.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance reports Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford isn’t done making additions to his roster, as he’s now seeking a physical fourth-line forward, though that move could wait until training camp.