Several teams have reportedly sent contract offers to Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Shane Doan’s agent hopes there’ll be some clarity later this week regarding his client’s future. The Detroit Red Wings understand Doan’s first choice is to re-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, but are aggressively pursuing him. It’s believed “Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the New York Rangers” are among those interested in Doan.
DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa reports it “looks like” the bidding for Doan might start at $7.5 million per season for four years, which would be too expensive for the Red Wings. Krupa also doubts the Wings would have interest in Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, noting he’s not physical and his offensive game is in decline. He also suggests the Wings won’t have interest in Alexander Semin unless he’s willing to accept less money, and if the coaching staff believe they can work with him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Krupa is referring to a rumor an Eastern Conference club made that offer, though there’s been nothing over the last several days to suggest that offer was a valid one. As for Bouwmeester, the only reason his offensive numbers are down is because he’s been playing for the Calgary Flames, one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. He may not be physical, but the Red Wings have done well with those kind of skilled defensemen (Lidstrom, Murphy, Rafalski) in the past. If the Flames shop “Jay Bo”, I believe the Wings will be interested.
WGR550: yesterday cited a ‘tweet’ from John Gambadoro of KTAR in Phoenix claiming the Buffalo Sabres have made an offer to Doan, as have the Red Wings, while the NY Rangers have “real interest”. He also claimed the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks had made offers.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’s Shelly Anderson confirmed via Twitter the Penguins have made an offer to Doan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gambadoro was also the source for the unnamed Eastern Conference team supposedly offering Doan four years at over $30 million. All of these offers, however, will sit on the backburner as Doan continues to wait for clarity on the Coyotes ownership situation. If it appears the sale of the Coyotes to the Jamison group will go through, I believe he’ll re-sign with the Coyotes and finish his career with them.