Why Shane Doan’s latest drop dead date means more than the others

When it comes down to it, this summer has been nothing new for Vancouverites. If we’re being honest, we’ve been wishing for the Phoenix Coyotes to fail since they began.

Sure, a trip to Jobing.com Arena is a cheap date. We like that. But that’s about all we like about the “experiment”, as we condescendingly call it, in the desert.

The NHL’s Sun Belt expansion upsets us. It upsets us because the Canucks have never won a Stanley Cup and we want them to really badly. The very idea that apathetic southern American markets like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Carolina, and Tampa Bay could celebrate Stanley Cup wins — and many have — while we enter decade five of riotous desire is downright infuriating. And thus we root for their demise.

All of this is to say that the circumstances of this summer, which have Vancouverites cheering for Phoenix to bomb out of the desert, really haven’t changed much in our approach to that franchise. It’s just changed the reasoning.

Canucks fans want Shane Doan. Canucks’ management wants Shane Doan. “We’ve been in constant contact with him,” Mike Gillis told Elliott Pap. “He’s clearly a player we would like to have.”

But as the summer has rolled on, it’s become clear that Doan won’t lend Vancouver a jar of love unless Phoenix dies.

So die, Phoenix. Fade into your balmy midsummer night. Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight. Now die, die, die, die.

Yet, as summer gives way to the season of death, it’s becoming clear that the Canucks might not even need anymore for the Coyotes to die. Thanks to the impending September 15th lockout and Doan’s desire to have a contract before it takes place, all they really need is for Phoenix to remain in its ownership coma for 12 more days and Doan might have to go. From AZ Central:

The Coyotes are anticipating the addition of Doan’s contract, but without an owner in place by the expiration of the current CBA on Sept. 15, the Coyotes could expect Doan will pick a new team. Doan has decided to sign before a potential lockout to avoid the uncertainty of a new labor agreement, and he’s waited since becoming a free agent on July 1 in an attempt to give Jamison time to complete his bid.

“We hope to settle Doan,” [Coyotes coach Dave] Tippett said. “That would be the one big one, obviously.”

That’s right. The lockout is our friend.

Now, Doan has given and forgiven numerous deadlines this summer, so as airtight as this one seems, it’s possible that it’s as meaningless as all the others. But there’s one simple reason it would behoove him to treat it with a little more gravitas: he’ll likely lose a lot of money if he doesn’t.

Doan and agent Terry Bross have played this whole saga absolutely brilliantly. By taking calls from other suitors with a lovelorn sigh as they wait for their soulmate to awake in Phoenix, the pair have driven the price tag up exponentially. With a 4-year, $30 million offer on the table from the Buffalo Sabres and offers from the Canucks and a few other teams likely not far behind, the winger is going to get crazy paid if he goes elsewhere. Doan may want to stay in Phoenix with his life partner, but the insurance policy he’s taken out is astronomical.

The problem is the policy begins to depreciate after the 15th. The cap is rumoured to be on the way down, meaning the teams courting Doan might not have the space to court him as hard when the lockout ends.

And if the lockout lasts a full season, the idea of a 35-year-old Doan sitting out an entire year may sour some teams on his viability. But even his age doesn’t factor, the time to sit and wait may cause a few teams to come to their senses. Doan is not worth what he’s going to get paid if he signs this month, and a little time to think it over could cause a few teams to remember this.

The Coyotes may not be dead, but in less than two weeks, Shane Doan might have to pull the plug. If he does, the Canucks are very much alive.

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25 comments

  1. ArtemChubarov
    September 3, 2012

    But I thought the Shane Doan saga wasn’t a story?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      September 3, 2012

      Haha, Thomas you wanker.

      Daniel never said it wasn’t a story. He just said nothing was happening with Doan and that he was going to sign in Phoenix. I, on the other hand, think there’s a remote chance Doan signs elsewhere (i.e. here), and this is pretty much it.

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  2. ArtemChubarov
    September 3, 2012

    If Shane Doan signs in Vancouver, and Canucks.nhl.com gives him equal billing with Mats Sundin in the press release- is that a story?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      September 3, 2012

      Yes.

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  3. akidd
    September 3, 2012

    hey, hockey stories are hard to find these days(//runs theme music for “Lowered Expectations.”)

    and since summer has clawed back from being down 3 games to 0 we’ll just all have to go on half-rations. so a question, a kinda weak one: what happens to contracts if there is a lockout? if doan signs a 4-year deal with the canucks before sept 15 and the season is locked out does that 4-year term just start the next year or does it become a 3-year deal? and/or is it legal to negotiate a ‘lockout clause’ that can reduce the term of the deal in case of lockout?

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  4. Andre
    September 3, 2012

    Out of curiosity, does the same argument apply to Loo? Meaning, is there a pressure for him to settle his future before Sept 15?

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    • Kit
      September 3, 2012

      Luongo has a contract. He’s getting paid the same no matter where he plays, and that includes Vancouver. So, no.

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  5. Gimmic
    September 3, 2012

    Awesome! Yes, I’m ashamed to admit, I’m one of the ‘die Phoenix die’ people. No more will they rise from the ashes, time to let that franchise blow away with the wind. Preferably, to a Canadian location.

    I have a Doaner like the rest of em. But I won’t be a happy camper if Gillis gives him more than a $5M cap hit for more than 3 yrs. It’s just not worth it.

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    • rvtBC
      September 4, 2012

      Sort of off topic but to pick up on something Gimmic said re: relocation Phoenix (or other weak US market teams-

      I’m not a fan of US markets that are unable to support an NHL team. If the fan support isn’t there, time to move on. But, personally, I don’t want to see all these teams relocate to Canada (or, for arguments sake, new teams granted to Canadian markets). I don’t want a near Canadian-only NHL, with just a handful of teams in the US. I want the NHL to succeed in the US in good markets and have a truly North American league. So, if Phoenix were to implode, I’d like to see the NHL out West in the US, maybe Seattle if there’s any legs to that.

      Lots of people don’t care how hockey is viewed elsewhere – fair enough – but, even apart from perception of the NHL as some third or fourth level pro sport – I can’t imagine that a withdrawing even more from US markets will help the league on a long-term basis and grow the sport even more.

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      • Jon Vinson
        September 6, 2012

        Fan support is not there? I beg to differ.

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  6. Locky
    September 3, 2012

    ‘riotous desire’.

    I see what you did there.

    Anyhoo, live Pheonix live! DNW Doan at the price tag commanded.

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  7. McHavenone
    September 5, 2012

    This article is a disgrace! As a Coyotes fan since they came here to Phoenix in ’96, it’s offensive to me that you people would wish for this franchises death, just for your gain. The Coyotes may not be the most popular team in the city, but as anyone knows, it takes time to build a fan base, especially in a climate that isn’t accustomed to a certain sport. Shane Doan is one of the most respected athletes in the Phoenix area, and I honesty hope that if he does decide to move on from Phoenix, that he doesn’t choose Vancouver, due to the tactless actions of articles like this!!

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  8. Jonathan
    September 5, 2012

    Blame Vancouver’s crappy team, crapy weather, and crappy Canadian currency, rather than the city of Phoenix. Here’s to the Cancucks never winning it all!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      September 5, 2012

      HEY. OUR CURRENCY IS AWESOME.

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  9. jim
    September 5, 2012

    Do you mean “die” like the Grizzlies in Vancouver? I hate it when a Canadian city cant support an NBA franchise.

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  10. Jon Vinson
    September 6, 2012

    WOW, Really? None of you snowbirds complain about coming to Jobing.com to see a hockey game when you invade Phoenix to get out of your crappy town. I can’t believe this article was actually published. Makes me have more hatrid for Canadians than ever. Why cant you Casucks get over it, and see that hockey has flourished out here, and it’s going to STAY? You guys are PATHETIC.

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  11. Danny Shapiro
    September 6, 2012

    First of all, Doan isn’t going ANYWHERE if there isn’t a lockout. Of course there will most likely be one, but he won’t go anywhere if there is a season. And Harrison, you sound desperate and biased. All you had to do was not lose a home game 7 of the Finals and you wouldn’t even be in this situation. Instead, your Canucks got rocked and your fans rocked the city because of it. As a Phoenix fan, I sure as hell hope your team continues to DIE every postseason because of garbage like this. Complain about the Sun Belt markets winning championships, but do realize the Canucks have the ability to make sure that never happens. Instead, your pathetic team decided to get completely embarrassed last year against the Kings. Maybe you should stick to writing to the Giants…

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    • Harrison Mooney
      September 6, 2012

      Joke’s on you, champ. I’ve never written about the Giants in my life.

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  12. Danny Shapiro
    September 6, 2012

    Well that’s where you’re journalistic talent peaks at. Nobody should have ever let you write about NHL Hockey. And how ironic of you to call me champ….But anyway, Doan won’t solve your team’s problems. Until you realize guys like the Sedin’s and Luongo are scrubs come playoff time, enjoy your 1st and 2nd round playoff exits while Tampa Bay fans enjoy an actual championship. So, joke’s on you, perennial runner-up.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      September 6, 2012

      You seem to have difficulty identifying when something is a joke, so I would recommend not being too quick to assess who precisely the joke is on.

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  13. Danny Shapiro
    September 6, 2012

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/shane-doan-deal-place-coyotes-waiting-lease-deal-021226929–nhl.html

    Does this seem like a joke to you? Yeah exactly. Enjoy another disappointing season and please try not to set your beautiful city on fire again.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      September 6, 2012

      *sigh*

      No, Harrison’s overwrought “die” diatribe was a joke. I’ve said all along that Doan was going to re-sign in Phoenix. But if Jamison can’t nail it all down before the start of the season, he’ll have to sign somewhere else. But well done with the boring, unfunny riot reference. Clearly you know how to identify a joke.

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  14. Danny Shapiro
    September 6, 2012

    As do you, sir. If the NHL goes into lockout, Jamison isn’t going to buy the team. Why would he? If no lockout occurs, I guarantee Jamison buys the team and Doan resigns. Tippett is one of the strongest coaches in the league and the team isn’t going anywhere. But seriously, how can he not expect responses like mine when he makes posts like this. If you’re gonna dish it out, you have to take it. Arizonasports.com is all over this and it’s funny as hell.

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  15. Danny Shapiro
    September 14, 2012

    http://www.azcentral.com/sports/coyotes/articles/20120914shane-doan-phoenix-coyotes-four-year-deal.html

    Now go suck a fat one.

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