Coyotes captain Shane Doan has received interest from several teams, but he’s no closer to deciding where he’ll play. Read on to find out which teams are in the running for Doan, and which ones aren’t.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports little clarity has emerged regarding the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Jamison group, leaving the future of Coyotes captain and UFA Shane Doan unresolved. Doan is rumored to have interest in several teams,” including Los Angeles, San Jose, Detroit, Chicago and Vancouver”, but his agent, Terry Bross, declined to confirm those reports. Doan isn’t ruling out returning to the Coyotes, but his agent rules out his signing a one-year deal.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports there’s what Bross called “strong mutual interest” between Doan and the San Jose Sharks.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Canucks contacted Doan earlier this month to express their interest, which Doan told them was mutual. The “Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, L.A Kings and Detroit Red Wings” are also believed interested in the Coyotes captain.
TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran reports the Maple Leafs are among a dozen teams to have made exploratory calls to Doan. “Chicago, Detroit and Vancouver” are believed the front-runners. Other teams believed to have made a pitch include “St. Louis, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, the New York Rangers, Winnipeg and Los Angeles.”
TVASPORTS.CA: Bross confirmed the Canadiens are among the teams interested in Doan, though they haven’t sent any offer. Though Doan remains focused on staying with the Coyotes, the Canadiens are apparently one of the teams he’d be willing to continue his career.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports Bross confirmed the Blues have interest in his client.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports Bross confirmed the Hurricanes also have contacted the Doan camp to express interest.
KUKLA’S KORNER: Dave Davis reports Bross told him the Buffalo Sabres have shown interest in Doan.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater believes the Colorado Avalanche should get into the bidding for Doan.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports a source “close to the situation” claims Doan isn’t interested in joining the Bruins, adding he’d prefer to stay in the Western Conference to remain close to his family, who reside in Arizona.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports the Capitals aren’t on Doan’s list of preferred destinations, adding he has just three teams beside the Coyotes – Penguins, Kings and Red Wings – he’d prefer to play for, though the Canucks might also make the list.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As expected, plenty of interest in Doan, whose experience, leadership and consistency make him the best available player in the UFA market. There’s also plenty of conflicting reports over where he’d prefer to play if he decides to move on from the Coyotes, but I could see him staying as close to Arizona as possible, which could make Western Conference clubs his preference, and could make the Kings and Sharks the front-runners for his services.
Despite the high number of teams interested in Doan, he still hopes to remain with the Coyotes, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he waits a little longer to determine if the sale of the club to the Jamison group (who want to keep the team in Glendale) is finalized. I don’t expect Doan to reach a decision this week or next, and could see him waiting until August. It won’t hurt his market value, as the lack of quality depth in UFA talent this summer means those dozen clubs with interest in him could be willing to wait for his decision.