Per Arizona Sports, the Shane Doan saga is over. The veteran winger will remain in Phoenix on a four year, $21.5 million contract ($5.375 million per year). This ends the two month debate over where Doan would wind up, which included two missed deadlines and an ownership drama that rivaled most soap operas. Doan is remaining where he belongs. Unfortunately for the Rangers, they miss out on some great depth on their top-nine wingers.
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The Rangers top six (health allowing) looks a lot more intimidating these days, thanks to Rick Nash’s arrival. It’s amazing what one addition can do to change people’s perceptions. That said, the Rangers continue to be linked with Shane Doan and on the right deal he’d be another welcome upgrade but Doan is a mistake waiting to happen.
The arrival of a declining but still somewhat effective Doan on anything other than a short term deal is reckless spending that was the hallmark of the previous Glen Sather, before the Hall of Fame Sather re-appeared.
Assuming Doan leaves the Coyotes – still a big assumption – and rumours of his desire for four years are true, then buyers beware. Those demands stink of a desire for job security, of a pension plan rather than of a player yearning for a chance at an elusive Cup.
Those rumoured demands don’t appear to be the demands of a player whose priority is ambition/success. Of course, you cannot blame Doan for making such demands when numerous NHL general managers routinely throw crazy contracts at players; who wouldn’t want a piece of that action? However, Sather needs to let Vancouver or Pittsburgh (or whoever) be the team that gives Doan the crazy commitment. Why? Chris Kreider.
With Rick Nash in the mix, there appears to be only one more target for the Rangers, and that is Shane Doan. Adding Doan to the club would solidify the Rangers depth at forward, making them true Stanley Cup contenders, and possibly the Cup favorites come October. Since the Phoenix ownership situation is still up in the air, Doan has already begun shopping his services, which included a visit to New York last week.
The interesting tidbits with Doan though come through his rumored asking price. The rumor mill is stating that Doan is asking for at least four years, and an average of $7.5 million per season. This is where that four year/$30 million price tag rumor comes from. While most are panicking and backing away from Doan, let’s analyze this a bit more, because it really doesn’t make any sense.
Last season, Doan finished with a line of 22-28-50, a ten point decline from his previous season, and 23 points down from his 2008-2009 campaign, the last time he finished with 30 goals and 70 points. The soon-to-be 36 year old winger has actually seen a decline in his production the past two seasons, and at 36 years old, it’s safe to assume that he won’t touch 70 points again.
According to Larry Brooks, Glen Sather may have the intention of trying to entice Shane Doan and Rick Nash to New York. Should the general manager manage to pull off that coup what would it mean to the Rangers immediate future?
First and foremost, like many others I believe that Shane Doan is a longshot to land on Broadway despite his meeting with Rangers management within the last week. Doan has an obvious preference toward Phoenix and a man that has played in hockey afterthoughts such as Arizona is likely to prefer the western conference than change completely and play in the media capital of the world, New York.
However, assume for a moment that Doan lands in New York and Sather adds Nash through a trade. All of a sudden the Rangers are the Stanley Cup favourite; ahead of Vancouver, ahead of LA, ahead of even Pittsburgh and Philly. With a returning Marian Gaborik, Derek Stepan and of course Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan the Rangers top six would suddenly be stacked with an almost perfect balance of youth and experience, size and skill.
There are two bits of news today, which is rare for late July. The first is that the Rangers have traded forward Casey Wellman to the Florida Panthers for a fifth round pick in the 2014 draft. Wellman was initially acquired with a conditional seventh round pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Erik Christensen. In the end, the Rangers essentially dealt Christensen for two draft picks, which is a solid return for a waiver-wire pickup.
Also, the bigger news of the day is that Shane Doan is indeed in New York visiting the team. He is meeting with management to work on a deal that could potentially bring the winger to Broadway, assuming he doesn’t stay in Phoenix. This is likely just another step in the process of Doan exploring all of his options. He won’t make a decision any time soon, but it’s good to know the Rangers are at least doing what they need to do to woo him.
While Shane Doan waits for the ownership situation in Glendale to fix itself, the rest of the NHL waits for him to make his decision. It’s quite fascinating how one player can keep the entire trade market at a stand-still, but that’s the kind of player Shane Doan is.
He’s a leader, a great locker room guy, and he happens to be pretty good at this hockey thing too. He’s a blue collar type of player, and is a two-way player who is capable of 25 goals and 60 points if he were to move to a more offensively talented team. It’s one of the reasons why the 35 (will be 36) year old winger is so coveted.
But that brings us to another question. The rumors are circulating that Doan will be seeking a multi-year deal, perhaps as long as four years. A four year deal will terminate after Doan’s age-39 season. While some have proven that you can be successful in your late 30s (see: Whitney, Ray; Jagr, Jaromir), it’s the exception to the rule.
That’s because the consensus for months, even years, was that Doan was a life-long Coyote, solely loyal to the Phoenix/Winnipeg squad that originally drafted him back in 1995.
But in a surprising turn of events, Phoenix GM Don Maloney admitted this evening that Doan will indeed test free agency on July 1st.
The eight-year captain of the Phoenix Coyotes has long been revered as a fearsome competitor, respected leader and solid scorer.
For years the Coyotes have lacked a bona fide star, but Doan has been the organization’s rock and has led an under-talented Phoenix club to the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
Doan’s veteran leadership and still solid production (nine straight 50-point seasons and 20 goals in 11 of the last 12 years) could make him a hot commodity this summer, if it appears that he’d actually consider playing for another franchise.