The latest on Shane Doan, no significant trade plans for the Penguins, musing over a possible Thornton-Samsonov reunion, and the Red Wings contract offer to Carlo Colaiacovo gets mixed reviews from Wings fans.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports the Canucks remain in the running for Shane Doan, whose agent recently said his client would sign a contract before the current CBA expires on September 15. The Canucks have made Doan an offer and Kuzma suggests it isn’t a stretch to assume the cap hit of $6.1 million for Daniel and Henrik Sedin is the bar. Kuzma mused over the potential roster flexibility signing Doan could bring the Canucks, as well as determine the type of return the Canucks would seek for Roberto Luongo.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Josh Yohe reports the Penguins have also made an offer for Doan, but GM Ray Shero claims the winger has made it clear his intention is to remain with the Phoenix Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Doan were only interested in getting the best offer, he’d have signed with another club by now. It’s obvious he wants to re-sign with the Coyotes, whose arena deal between the league and the city of Glendale was extended another 30 days to allow prospective buyer Greg Jamison to purchase the club. There’s been rumors the sale is nearly complete and could be announced by mid-September, which would tie in nicely with the stated intent of the Doan camp to sign a new contract before September 15.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari reports Penguins GM Ray Shero’s wish of landing a top six forward and an elite defenseman have been hampered by the lack of availability of such players as well as the ongoing CBA talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, don’t expect any significant trades to take place for the Penguins – or any other NHL team – until there’s a new CBA in place.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz wondered if San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton might be reunited with his former Bruins teammate Sergei Samsonov, who is attempting an NHL comeback. His agent said he’s spoken with several teams, and Kurz writes the Sharks could be one of those teams. GM Doug Wilson declined to comment.
MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage reports news of the Red Wings offering a two-year contract to UFA defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has been met with mixed results from Red Wings fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word if Colaiacovo is close to signing with the Wings.