The latest on Shane Doan, the Red Wings are seeking a blueliner while the Predators still need upgrades, an update on the Wild, and Yannick Weber hopes to remain a Canadien.
NHL.COM: Phoenix Coyotes UFA winger Shane Doan is doing everything he can to remain with the Coyotes, saying it’s “kind of my goal”, but acknowledged he has to conduct due diligence “now in the fact that the longer it takes the more likely and the harder it seems to be to get a deal done in Phoenix.”
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the absence of Marian Gaborik for the first quarter of the upcoming season is why the Rangers have interest in Doan. Brooks believes Doan has “narrowed his sights on Manhattan, Pittsburgh and Vancouver”. He doesn’t know if Rangers GM Glen Sather is willing to offer Doan a four-year deal, “but if he does, Doan is more likely than not to become a Blueshirt”, even suggesting (“unlikely” but “not impossible) the right wing might accept a three-year deal to be reunited with Rangers coach John Tortorella.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize some hockey fans roll their eyes whenever the Rangers are mentioned as a potential destination for seemingly every big name free agent, but regarding Doan, I believe they have to be among the favorites, for it’s believed if he leaves the Coyotes, he’ll want to join a Cup contender.
As for his desire to remain with the Coyotes, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that he’s trying to give prospective owner Greg Jamison as much time as possible to purchase the team before making any decision over his own future. Still, he’s also doing the right thing by gauging his market value and exploring his options. If Jamison isn’t able to purchase the club before the end of August, or withdraws his bid, Doan will move on. In the meantime, the wait continues.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: George Sipple reports the Red Wings are still searching for a defenseman, which could come either via trade or free agency. Sipple lists Michael Rozsival, Brett Clark or Carlo Colaiacovo as possible free agent targets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of those three could be good replacements for the departed Brad Stuart. None, however, will replace the retired Nicklas Lidstrom. At least they wouldn’t be costly, long-term signings, probably for one-two seasons.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper feels the Nashville Predators need upgrades in scoring forwards and defensemen. He noted the free agent market was thin (Shane Doan) and while Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan is rumored to be a trade candidate but the Ducks appear unwilling to move him to a Western Conference team. They were apparently keen on Pittsburgh’s Paul Martin but it looks like he’ll remain a Penguin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they’re seeking another puck-moving defenseman, Carlo Colaiacovo would be the best available free agent option. As for scorers, they’ll have to go the trade route if they can’t land Doan, and there’s just not a lot of available talent there.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports, “Contrary to the idiotic trade rumors invented by Twitter “insiders,” Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said he has nothing going on in terms of trade talks with other teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Russo’s coverage of the Wild’s successful pursuit of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter was yet another example why he’s the best source covering the Minnesota Wild. If he says nothing’s going on with the Wild on the trade front, believe him, not the self-proclaimed “insiders”.
CANOE.CA: Louis-Andre Lariviere reports Montreal Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber doesn’t want to be traded, claiming a recent Swiss report took his response to a question over how he’d feel if he were traded and turned it into a headline.