The long Rick Nash trade watch is over, but Shane Doan’s free agency situation and Roberto Luongo’s trade status carries on.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Shane Doan still hasn’t received any clarification from the Jamison group as to their attempt to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, leading to Doan’s respective visits to the NY Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, while his agent now waits for his client to submit a list of teams he’d be willing to sign with as a free agent.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross reports NY Rangers GM Glen Sather wouldn’t comment about Doan or his recent meeting with Rangers management, but added the addition of Rick Nash doesn’t eliminate the opportunity to pursue another player at this point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The addition of Nash leaves the Rangers with over $13 million in available cap space invested in 20 players, with only Michael Del Zotto and Anton Stralman as their only notable free agents (both restricted). They have more than enough cap space to sign Doan to a multi-year deal, and the addition of Nash yesterday could make the Blueshirts very attractive to Doan if he decides to move on from the Phoenix Coyotes.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis recently commented on Shane Doan and Roberto Luongo, claiming his team was still in the hunt for Doan, while there was nothing new to report on Luongo, though he hopes the trade market might pick up in mid-August.