The Vancouver Canucks, along with everyone else, offer a contract to Shane Doan

Shane Doan is a consistent 20+ goalscorer.

Shane Doan hasn’t scored fewer than 50 points in a season since 1999.

Shane Doan had 205 hits last season.

Shane Doan is the top unrestricted free agent remaining on the market, as long as you ignore Alexander Semin.

Shane Doan has played for the same franchise for his entire 17-year career.

Pretty much everyone in the NHL wants Shane Doan on their team and everyone knows it.

Doan is the type of player that every team wants: a veteran leader who plays a gritty, physical game, but has scoring skill to go with it. James Mirtle had him ranked as the second best free agent forward available behind Zach Parise. Though he is now 35, he is still very capable of playing a secondary scoring role on a good team and has shown consistency throughout his career.

So it comes as no surprise that he has had plenty of suitors in free agency. Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, has gone out of his way to make sure that everyone knows exactly how many. Last week, he told anyone who would listen that at least 16 teams were interested in Doan. Now, as many as 6 teams have been confirmed as offering Doan a contract, according to Phoenix sports radio host, John Gambadoro.

According to Gambadoro and others around the league, the Kings, Sharks, Red Wings, Sabres, and Penguins have offers on the table. Oh, and so do the Vancouver Canucks.

It’s easy to get excited about these types of reports. Canucks fans have been craving a top-tier, right-handed shot, power forward winger for the Sedins for years and Doan, despite being on the downside of his career, fits the bill. Alternatively, Doan would be a fine fit on Kesler’s wing, a hard-forechecking force that would seem to fit right in with Kesler’s style of play.

The Canucks aren’t going to get him, of course.

The list of teams reported to have offers in on Doan is missing one important name: the Phoenix Coyotes. In an era where no one plays for the same team for their entire career, Doan has. And it seems incredibly unlikely that he would leave the desert now, after the Coyotes have finally seen some success under Dave Tippett.

While the Coyotes have lost leading scorer Ray Whitney, pretty-eyed Taylor Pyatt, and minute muncher Adrian Aucoin to free agency, youngsters Mikkel Boedker and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are set to play larger roles, and they acquired oldster Steve Sullivan to round out the top-six. If Doan were to leave, it’s not because the Coyotes aren’t a playoff team. Under another coach, it might be a different story, but Tippett seems capable of squeezing an entire pitcher of juice from a miniature mandarin orange.

The only reason Doan might head out of town is if the ownership situation in Phoenix gets any more convoluted. Considering how long he’s stayed in Phoenix despite ownership issues throughout the years, I don’t think the latest issues are going to scare him off. He has deep, deep roots in Phoenix. In my opinion, as long as the Coyotes are still there, he won’t be leaving.

So while Doan may be said to have “mutual interest” in the Blackhawks, Sharks, Penguins, Oakland Athletics, Georgia Force, and Boston Poindexters, but all that’s doing is driving up Doan’s asking¬†price from the Phoenix Coyotes. At 35, this may well be his final contract and the demonstration of such high demand will make it a big one.

Of course, I’m prepared to be wrong. But I just don’t see Doan in anything other than a Coyotes jersey next season.

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5 comments

  1. Lenny
    July 18, 2012

    Love to have him, but where do we get the cap room from, especially now since the likelihood that Luongo will play for us next season is increasing with each passing day?

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      July 18, 2012

      And what, may I ask, are the odds of Kesler counting against the salary cap to start the year?

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      • Lenny
        July 18, 2012

        Ok… so what happens when Kesler comes back by November / December? then what? Does your plan manufacture LTIR on demand?

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  2. sarah
    July 18, 2012

    And he beat man tracker!

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  3. REM
    July 18, 2012

    Completely agree. I’ll be very surprisded if he ends up anywhere bu tphoenix next year, especially with the latest news around the sale of the team being fairly positive.

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