The Shane Doan watch drags on, plus a look at the Sharks potential needs.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, confirms his client spoke with prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison on Saturday regarding an update on Jamison’s attempt to purchase the club.
TVA SPORTS: Louis-Andre Lariviere reports Jamison’s attempt to persuade Doan to remain patient may have been in vain, as a source claims Doan and his agent informed Jamison they’ll continue weighing offers and visiting other teams. It’s believed Doan has at least five formal contract offers from other clubs.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Red Wings continue to wait on Doan. GM Ken Holland has reportedly spoken to Doan and his agent “numerous times throughout July”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: St. James’ report counters recent speculation the Wings had dropped out of the bidding for Doan. Otherwise, it seems to be status quo. Doan will continue to field offers, but I also suspect he’ll keep an eye on the Coyotes situation for any sign the sale to Jamison is close to going through.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak addressed a rumor suggestion the NY Rangers might make a pitch for San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, pointing out nothing suggests the Sharks might be receptive to an offer for Thornton. Pollak also noted Thornton has a “no-trade” clause, as well as the center’s off-hand comment last fall about the Rangers as a “soft team”. Pollak also touched base on the Shane Doan situation, pointing out his agent didn’t respond to e-mails on Monday, suggesting either the Sharks are out of the bidding, or GM Doug Wilson may have asked Bross to “keep things more in the shadows”.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz wonders if the Sharks could use another depth defenseman, suggesting possible free agent options like Michal Rozsival, Carlo Colaiacovo and Jim Vandermeer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen if the Sharks ink any of those defensemen suggested by Kurz, but that’s more likely to happen than their trading Thornton to the NY Rangers.