The latest on Shane Doan (yes, again!), the Flyers don’t need Bobby Ryan, several ex-Capitals remain on the free agent market, Cristobal Huet hopes for an NHL comeback, and the Blues are shopping for a defenseman.
KTAR Phoenix’s John Gambadoro reports via Twitter Doan is currently in Vancouver to meet with Canucks management.
NHL.COM: Dan Rosen lists Vancouver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and the NY Rangers as five possible landing spots for Shane Doan if he decides to leave the Phoenix Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What do those five clubs have in common? They’re all considered potential Stanley Cup contenders heading into this season. If Doan leaves the Coyotes, it won’t just be for money, but also for the team which would provide his best chance to win the Cup. That’s why I don’t take seriously any talk of Doan going to Montreal or Buffalo. No offense to Habs and Sabres fans, but your teams aren’t remotely close to being Cup contenders.
By the way, for those of you whining about all the coverage on Doan in recent weeks, what the hell did you expect? He’s the best available free agent, 16 teams are reportedly chasing him, and of course there’s the uncertainty over the sale of the Coyotes. If you don’t want to read about Doan, just skip past anything with his name in it and read the other stuff.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio doesn’t believe the Flyers need to add another scoring winger like Bobby Ryan, believing the real need is to bolster their blueline depth. He feels GM Paul Holmgren’s pursuit of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter indicates Chris Pronger (post-concussion symptoms) won’t be returning, further weakening a blueline which also lost Matt Carle to free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree, the last thing the Flyers need is another scoring winger. They’re already very deep at forward and with promising players like Couturier, Schenn, Read and Simmonds, they’re only going to get better in that regard. Losing Pronger and Carle hurts, and will keep hurting until Holmgren can find someone to fill that void.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley notes several former Capitals – Jason Arnott, Brendan Morrison, Eric Fehr, Scott Hannan, Milan Jurcina, and Brent Johnson – remain available in the UFA market.
NHL.COM: Kevin Woodley reports former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet is hoping to make a comeback to the NHL this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll probably have to accept a training camp offer to prove himself before he gets a serious contract offer.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH’s Jeremy Rutherford reported via Twitter the Blues are still shopping for a defenseman via trade. No word on who they could be targeting.