It looks like the Detroit Red Wings may have to move on to "Plan D" in their quest to add another forward. First, they struck out with Zach Parise, and then they were unable to pull off a trade for Rick Nash despite submitting a pretty big offer. Now, the Red Wings appear to be out of the running for Shane Doan, according to Aaron Ward.
I don't fault the Red Wings for not wanting to overpay players. However, it's becoming clearer and clearer that in today's NHL, that is sometimes necessary if you want to upgrade your roster. The Red Wings can't just sell players on wearing the winged wheel nowadays, and they can't afford to keep whiffing on targets because of a high asking price.
With Alexander Semin off the market, it's not clear who would even be the Red Wings' "Plan D" at this point. I'm sure they would love to look at a trade for Bobby Ryan, but as they learned with the Nash situation, making a deal for a high-profile player is easier said than done.