Updates on Shane Doan, Bobby Ryan and Tyler Seguin.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/MLIVE.COM: recently reported on the comments made late last week by Shane Doan’s agent claiming the veteran right winger would sign a new contract prior to September 15th, either with the Phoenix Coyotes or another NHL team. Pat Leonard of the Daily News noted Doan’s desire to re-sign with the Coyotes, that there’s reportedly a four-year $30 million offer from the Buffalo Sabres, plus the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators also have interest. Leonard, however, believes the NY Rangers and Vancouver Canucks are the front-runners for Doan’s services if he leaves Phoenix. Brendan Savage of MLive.com, meanwhile, reported the Detroit Red Wings have interest in Doan, but it’s uncertain if he has any in the Red Wings, noting Doan hasn’t visited with Wings management.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports Sabres GM Darcy Regier claimed he’s had no conversations with Doan and had no comment on rumors his club offered the Coyotes captain a four-year, $30 million deal. Regier said his club remains interested in Doan but have yet to speak to him. The Sabres GM also said he will speak with the Tyler Ennis camp this week. Ennis is a restricted free agent who missed 34 games last season, leading Harrington to suspect he won’t get a massive jump from the $875K he earned last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Sabres did make that offer, and if it were only about money for Doan, he’d have signed by now. At this point, everything appears to hinge on the sale of the Coyotes. It seems to me if the sale isn’t finalized by early-September, Doan could be moving on. For now, we continue to wait.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens, in his player analysis of Bobby Ryan, observed how often the winger has appeared in trade rumors.
“He’s been ticketed for Philadelphia, Boston, Buffalo and New York City. He’s been coveted in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Colorado. Perhaps even Toronto still wants him.”
Stephens noted the Ryan rumors (real and imagined) went into overdrive when the winger vented his frustration in late-June, but since then there’s been nothing of note regarding his situation. GM Bob Murray claims he’s not shopping Ryan and would only listen to offers from interested parties, but there obviously hasn’t been one to convince Murray to move him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan’s future in Anaheim could be determined by the club’s performance this season (assuming there’s a full one). If the Ducks are performing well, they’ll have no reason to move him. If they’re performing poorly again, a significant shake-up could be in the works, which could involve Ryan.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports a Bruins source believes young forward Tyler Seguin will sign a new contract before there’s a new CBA, pointing to the recent deals signed by comparable young forwards like Carolina’s Jeff Skinner and Edmonton’s Taylor Hall…Shinzawa also suggests the current CBA negotiations are holding up possible trades of Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan and LA’s Jonathan Bernier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen if Seguin get anything comparable to Hall’s seven-year, $42 million deal. Their regular season numbers are comparable (Hall has 95 points, Seguin 89), but Seguin had a better sophomore season (67 points) than Hall (53 points). Either way, Seguin stands to cash in… The CBA negotiations have certainly affected the trade and free agent markets. The only significant moves of late has been teams re-signing key players to long-term extensions.