If you’ve been paying attention to the ongoing saga that is the Phoenix Coyotes, you might know that today is a very important day in their history. It is a day that may threaten the livelihood of the franchise in Arizona.
Depending on how the news unfolds, Shane Doan will make a decision as to whether or not it would be viable for him to remain a Phoenix Coyote.
If Doan should test the free agent waters, it would likely be in Steve Tambellini’s best interest to find his agent’s number and give him a ring on the telephone.
If you’ve followed the Oilers for some time, you’ve probably heard Shane Doan mentioned once or twice as ‘one that got away’. Doan was drafted 7th overall in 1995 by the Winnipeg Jets (version 1.0), while the Oilers took the dice on Steve Kelly at 6th overall. If you struggle to remember Kelley’s visage, that’s understandable. Kelly played just 27 games in an Oiler sweater, while Doan has been a member of the Jets/Coyotes franchise his entire career of nearly 1200 regular season games.
More important than the story, Doan can play. In 1198 career regular season games, the versatile winger has averaged .658 points per game. He’ll be 36 in October, and he’s still producing at the 50 point per season level. He flirted with 80 points in both 2006-07 and 2008-09 (73 and 72 points, respectively). Penalty killer? Sure. Power play? Why not? This past season, Doan finished with exactly 50 points (22-28-50) in 79 games played. Who wouldn’t want to add this guy to their team?
Where would he fit? At first blush, I’d say 3RW. Let him PK up and down the block. A third line of 94-10-Doan would look pretty nice, don’t you think?
A native of Halkirk, Alberta, Doan had a cap hit of 4.55M in 2011-12. This might dampen the welcome wagon a bit. If Doan were to leave the Coyotes, he’d likely be looking for term length as well as dollar. If the Stars (albeit, below the cap floor) can flip Ray Whitney $9M over two years, you’re probably going to find that Shane Doan will have no problem finding that sort of figure. He’ll be 36 in October, so I’d be surprised if he signed anywhere for anything less than a couple of years.
This could all become moot if the Coyotes somehow work through their financial maze. Doan has said he’d like to finish his career as a Coyote if the city of Glendale can work things out.
If it doesn’t, someone ought to be making the call.
If Shane Doan hits the market, would you be interested in signing up?
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