The Detroit Red Wings remain interested in Shane Doan, plus further speculation over what they might do to bolster their blueline.
MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage reported the Detroit Red Wings were still interested in Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, but it remains to be seen if the interest is mutual.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports that, other than closing in on a new contract for Justin Abdelkader, it’s quiet on the Red Wings front, noting Doan hasn’t visited Detroit and there’s no active talks with his agent. GM Ken Holland would like to add another defenseman, either via trade or the UFA market.
DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa cited a report out of Calgary that had the Red Wings offering “Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and a prospect to the Flames for Jay Bouwmeester”, but considers that wishful thinking. Krupa considers Phoenix’s Keith Yandle a better trade target, but notes it would cost far more to acquire Yandle than Bouwmeester. Other options for the Wings could be free agency, awaiting the implementation of a new CBA in hopes teams might be forced to shed salaries via trade, this season’s trade deadline or next summer’s UFA market
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Doan does decide to leave the Coyotes, I doubt he signs with the Red Wings, as recent reports give the impression he’s not interested in playing for them. Trading for Bouwmeester would be costly, but more so for Yandle, so forget about him suiting up with the Red Wings. I’ve gone over the Wings options in a recent THN.com column.