The Edmonton Oilers were reportedly among the teams interested in free agent right winger Shane Doan, who announced his retirement Wednesday.
According to a report from Arizona Sports, the Oilers, as well as the Flames, Predators, Stars and Rangers, were interested in Doan. However, despite interest from multiple clubs, the 40-year-old decided it was time to hang them up after 21 seasons in the NHL.
The Coyotes made the decision to not re-sign their longtime captain prior to the 2017 offseason, and he hit the free agent market on July 1. Earlier in the offseason, Doan’s agent said he was interested in playing another season, but that changed over time.
In 74 games this past season, the Alberta native racked up six goals and 27 points, as well as 101 hits. He also demonstrated great leadership and ability, finishing his career with a total of 402 goals and 972 points through 1,540 NHL games.
Edmonton and Doan
Considering the Oilers’ roster heading into this season, it is interesting that Edmotnon potentially had interest in him. Though he is not as fast as he used to be, he packs a lot of punch and still played a physical, aggressive game on the forecheck. Also, he has a lot of experience and acumen to offer and could have been a great addition to the roster.
Despite the fact that the Oilers’ lack fire power and depth on the right wing, it seems like it is time for the Oilers to put faith in the pieces they already have. They have a lot of speedy youth looking to develop and make an impact at the NHL level, and it is time to put more confidence in those players.
In the end, though Doan hung up the skates, he could have surely secured an NHL job this season. He is a winger who has displayed class, character and leadership through his career, and will surely go down in history.