Updates on Shane Doan, Alexander Semin and Rick Nash, dismissing a “Luongo-for-Bolland” rumor, and more.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan may be receiving contract offers from other clubs, but isn’t in any hurry making a decision where he’ll play this season. Coyotes GM Don Maloney suggested it might take weeks for Doan to reach a decision, but the Coyotes don’t mind waiting.
TVA SPORTS: Louis-Andre Lariviere reports the uncertainty over the sale of the Coyotes might force Doan to consider moving on by next week. His agent listed the Pittsburgh Penguins among the front-runners. Lariviere also suggested the Montreal Canadiens could be a plausible option, as Doan and Habs goalie Carey Price are cousins.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance examined the reasons why it’s taking so long for Doan and former Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin under contract. For Doan, the obvious reason is his desire to re-sign with the Coyotes, which one unnamed NHL GM feels 90 percent certain will happen once the ownership situation is resolved. As for Semin, the problem appears to be he wants too much money. It’s possible his fate could be tied to Doan’s, as it could take the latter coming off the market to increase interest in the former Capital.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Essentially, nothing’s changed. There’s considerable interest in Doan but he appears willing to wait on the Coyotes, while there’s some interest in Semin, but he’ll have to lower his contract expectations. Doesn’t appear there’s any end in sight for these two.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports a source claiming the Detroit Red Wings made ” a hell of an offer” to the Columbus Blue Jackets for right wing Rick Nash, but it failed to generate a conversation, leading to speculation Blue Jackets management don’t want to deal Nash to a division rival like the Wings. It’s unknown what the Wings offered, leading Khan to speculate either Johan Franzen or Valtteri Filppula might have been part of it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could be the Blue Jackets simply didn’t get an offer they felt warranted a response. Whatever the reason, this is expected to drag on into the fall, and it’s anyone’s guess which of the six teams on Nash’s wish list (the Red Wings are on it) he’ll be dealt to.
ESPN.COM: Jesse Rogers recently dismissed a rumor out of the Vancouver media claiming the Chicago Blackhawks offered up center Dave Bolland for Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports the San Jose Sharks still lack secondary scoring, and believes it’s “increasingly unlikely” they’ll land either Rick Nash, Shane Doan or Alexander Semin.