Check out the latest Shane Doan free agent speculations.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Dan Bickley believes Shane Doan should make the most of his opportunity on what is surely his final contract and sign with a Stanley Cup contender.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports Doan’s agent believes his client will probably whittle down his list of suitors to “four, five, or six clubs” as he weighs his options. Agent Terry Bross, who was slated to meet with prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison Tuesday evening regarding the sale of the club, said nothing was imminent regarding Doan and doesn’t expect anything will happen over the next 48 hours. Doan’s preference is to re-sign with the Coyotes, but only if he feels confident the team will remain in its current location. Allen lists the LA Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings among the teams believed to have interest in Doan.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Dejan Kovacevic reports Penguins coach Dan Bylsma named Doan and former Capitals winger Alexander Semin among the “possibilities” management was looking at. Kovacevic’s understanding is the Pens aren’t too keen on Semin, but Doan is a different matter, suggesting him as a suitable short-term option while management seeks another James Neal.
VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap lists the pros and cons for the Canucks in landing Doan, citing their location (Doan is from Alberta, his wife is from BC, and he has part ownership in a WHL team) and their status as a contender, but also pointing out the potential salary cap complications, the unknown factors of a new CBA, and the fact Doan is “trending downward” in his career.
WINNIPEG SUN (VIA TORONTO SUN): Ken Wiebe reports Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been trying to recruit some free agents he knows, including Doan, to sign with his club.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Doan has a history with all four Rangers coaches.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports the Hurricanes are among several teams playing “wait-and-see” with Doan. Others reportedly include the Rangers, Canadiens and Red Wings.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater, responding to a reader’s e-mail, reports the Colorado Avalanche aren’t believed on Doan’s short list of preferred destinations. He also doubts the Avs pursue Alexander Semin, citing his reputation as a “selfish teammate”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps Doan’s best chance to win a Stanley Cup lies elsewhere, but all indications so far suggest he would prefer to finish his career with the Coyotes, provided they’re not going to move. I expect Doan will field offers, and if he’s satisfied the sale of the Coyotes to the Jamison group goes through, will negotiate with GM Don Maloney. If not, he’ll start negotiating in earnest with those “four, five or six teams” on his short list.
That, however, might not happen for another couple of weeks. as it appears Doan wants more time to determine the status of the Coyotes sale. He’s currently the best available player (no offense, Semin fans, I understand your complaints about the criticism he’s receiving, but Doan is obviously more attractive to NHL teams right now) and given the high volume of interest in his services, can afford to take his time.