The latest on Shane Doan, speculation over the Flyers next move, Bruins likely done summer shopping, and an update on Mike Knuble.
SPORTING NEWS: Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal reports Shane Doan is giving Greg Jamison, the potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes, until Friday to see if Jamison can make more progress or get close to finalizing his purchase of the club. If Jamison cannot provide any assurances, Doan will look at signing elsewhere and narrow down his large list of potential suitors.
CANOE.CA: Louis-Andre Lariviere reports a source says Doan will travel to Montreal next week to meet with Canadiens management. He has also apparently contacted the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames to tell them he won’t play in Alberta, and is also expected to meet with several other teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a good sign for the Canadiens if Doan is willing to meet with them, as it would appear to put them on what’s expected to be his “short list”, but it’s also not an indicator he’ll join the Habs. Doan has already met with the Rangers and Flyers, and is expected to meet with the managements of the Red Wings and Penguins, among several others.
CSNPHILLY.COM: A look at some potential options for the Flyers after their offer sheet to Shea Weber was matched by the Nashville Predators. It appears a trade, rather than an offer sheet, could be in order to replace the injured Chris Pronger on the blueline. It’s also possible they could continue their pursuit of Shane Doan and Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan. GM Paul Holmgren is reportedly unwilling to move forwards Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn. It’s rumored, however, he was willing to offer up Matt Read and Andrej Meszaros in a trade for Weber prior to sending him an offer sheet. They could pursue Phoenix’s Keith Yandle or Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, but the asking price would be steep.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes were listening to offers for Yandle during the draft but weren’t actively shopping him. It would take a significant one to get him, and you can bet Couturier and Schenn would have to be part of the deal for the Coyotes to seriously consider it. I don’t believe the Canucks have any interest in moving Edler, as they’ll likely try to re-sign him. Doan would be merely dollars out for the Flyers, so I can see them staying in the bidding for him. As for Ryan, the Ducks wanted Couturier and Schenn, so forget that unless they’re willing to lower the asking price.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports former Capitals winger Mike Knuble is finding life as a free agent this summer “eerily quiet”. Knuble said he’d like to finish his career where it started, with the Detroit Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 40-year-old Knuble had his worst season in years in 2011-12, which is likely why things have been quiet for him this summer. It’s still possible a team might take a shot with a one-year offer, but he might also face having to try out with a club this fall (or whenever the season starts) if he hopes to play one more season.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli suggests there’s a good chance he’s done shopping this summer.