Shane Doan wants to remain with the Phoenix Coyotes…Petr Sykora to stick with Devils…Should the Oilers pursue Carl Gunnarsson.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Paola Boivin reports long time Coyotes forward Shane Doan isn’t in any hurry to leave the club next summer via free agency. Doan said his goal is to finish his career with the Coyotes, an idea which has the strong support of GM Don Maloney. Both sides agreed this summer to hold off on contract negotiations until the team’s ownership situation is resolved. Boivin suggests once that is sorted out, Doan could re-sign a three or four year contract which would commence next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if this season will finally see a resolution to the Coyotes ownership saga, but if it is resolved before season’s end, it’s likely Doan will sign a new contract with the team shortly thereafter.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson reports it appears forward Petr Sykora and defenseman Anton Stralman have made the Devils following training camp tryouts. It’s believed Sykora and the Devils are negotiating a one-year deal likely worth less than $1 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there. Sykora played very well during training camp and preseason, and the Devils need an experienced puck-moving defenseman, especially on their power-play, which explains why they’re likely to keep Stralman.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reports Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is a likely candidate to be shopped in hopes of landing more depth at forward, believing Gunnarsson is being showcased by pairing him with team captain Dion Phaneuf.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson recently wondered if Gunnarsson would be the answer for the Oilers depleted blueline or if management might instead contact free agent blueliner Bryan McCabe.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Cult of Hockey’s Jonathan Willis believes Gunnarsson should be a candidate the Oilers should consider. The issue here is the Maple Leafs are reportedly seeking an established, physical impact forward. The only two who come close to meeting that description on the Oilers are Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff. The Oilers aren’t going to move Smyth after bringing him back via trade this summer, and Horcoff’s expensive salary ($5.5 million per season), NMC and injury history takes him out of the running. I’m not convinced the Oilers want to part with Ales Hemsky at this point in the season.