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The Phoenix Coyotes’ captain signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract with the team on Friday, getting the deal in just before the NHL’s expected lockout.
Doan became a free agent on July 15, but didn’t sign while waiting for the Coyotes’ ownership situation to clear up. He spoke with several other teams, but said all along that he wanted to remain in Phoenix.
The Red Wings were reportedly interested in Doan in July, but the reported asking price for Doan eventually put Detroit out of the running.
Doan has played his entire career with the franchise, dating back to when they were the Winnipeg Jets prior to moving to Phoenix.
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.
Free-agent forward Shane Doan is drawing quite a bit of interest on the open market. According to Terry Bross, Doan's agent, the free agent has had 16 teams in the NHL inquire about his services. What's more, "four or five teams" have submitted formal offers to Doan, who is still considering the option of simply re-signing with the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Detroit Red Wings are believed to be one of the teams that have offered Doan a deal. It became evident after Zach Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild that Doan is the Red Wings' backup plan at forward. They haven't expressed a ton of interest in free agent Alexander Semin, and currently trade talks regarding Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan don't appear to be going anywhere.
The Red Wings would probably like to find out something soon about what Doan plans to do, but there isn't a clear timetable for a decision right now. Doan's agent did say that they aren't waiting for July 16, as some had speculated. There will perhaps be more information out about the Coyotes' future in Arizona on that day, but Doan apparently isn't waiting for that.
Even if Doan does opt to leave the Coyotes, there's obviously no guarantee he will land in Detroit. With there being quite a bit of interest in him across the league, the Red Wings will have to hope that Doan sees them as not only a contender for the Stanley Cup, but also a good fit for the final years of his career.
After missing out on most of the bigge-named players in NHL free agency, the Detroit Red Wings have been rumored to be looking at Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan. They won't be the only team vying for his signature, though.
According to CSN Bay Area, Doan has narrowed his list down to five different teams: San Jose, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Chicago and Detroit. Their report seems to indicate that the Sharks are the favorite on the list to pick up Doan's services:
But before you make plans to buy a Doan jersey, you should know San Jose isn’t the only suitor in which Doan has reportedly expressed interest.
Several of the other cities have been reported to be close in talks with Doan as well, so take it with a grain of salt. The fact that Detroit is in the running and the Detroit Free Press has said the Wings "have a lead" should tell you that they at the very least should have a solid shot at the power forward.
It may be time to officially get "Doan Watch" started. Last week, the focus was on what Zach Parise and Ryan Suter would do, but now the focus is shifting to Shane Doan. With Parise and Suter off to Minnesota, the Red Wings have moved on to other free agents, and it's looking like their backup plan at forward is Doan.
While this is still in the early stages in terms gathering information about prospective teams for Doan, there does appear to be mutual interest between him and the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit had previously been reported as having interest in Doan, and on Monday, Doan's agent made it clear that they are interested in Detroit. From the Free Press' Helene St. James:
Terry Bross, agent for UFA F Shane Doan, tells Detroit Free Press: "Shane has interest in Detroit." Has heard from Wings today. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
It remains to be seen if Doan will actually leave the Phoenix Coyotes, but if he does, you can bet the Red Wings will be one of the favorites to sign him.
NHL free agency may have started on July 1, but July 9 (Monday) is the real start for free agent forward Shane Doan. He didn't want to talk with any teams until July 9 because he is expecting to get a better idea about the future of the Phoenix Coyotes on that day. Assuming he does get some things cleared up and is ready to start exploring the open market, his agent says that Doan will "start listening to some offers" by Tuesday.
For Doan, there is already quite a bit of interest in him on the open market. To be exact, 11 teams have expressed interest in Doan, although that doesn't mean all 11 will actually be in contention to sign him.
While there are 11 teams interested in Doan, only a select few will be seriously considered when push comes to shove.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 8, 2012
In fact, the list of teams Doan would actually consider leaving the Coyotes for is quite small. According to his agent, Doan would only "take a long hard look at" two or three different teams, and the Detroit Red Wings are believed to be one of them. MLive's Ansar Khan reported last week that Doan's agent was in contact with the Red Wings about getting an offer for his client, so it's a safe bet that Detroit will be on the short list should Doan opt to leave Arizona.
With Zach Parise off to the Minnesota Wild, the Detroit Red Wings have officially moved on to their backup plan for adding another top-six forward to the team. What exactly is the backup plan is unclear at this point. Among the possibilities are a trade for Rick Nash, a trade for Bobby Ryan and simply signing Alexander Semin.
There is also the idea of signing Shane Doan. The Free Press' Helene St. James reports that Detroit will "take a run" at him, but the caveat is it's not known if he will be open to the idea of leaving the Phoenix Coyotes. We will know more next week, but one interesting thing we know right now is that his agent is already seeking an offer from Detroit in case Doan does opt to leave the Coyotes, according to MLive's Ansar Khan.
The power forward's agent has called the Red Wings several times the past couple of days, seeking an offer, and with Parise off the market, Detroit will make a pitch for Doan. However, Doan has stated he won't decide until Monday if he will leave Phoenix, where he has played since 1996. His main concern is whether the team will relocate in 2013-14 due to the unstable ownership situation. Ultimately, many expect he will stay in Phoenix.
If Doan does decide to depart from the Coyotes franchise, the Red Wings seem like an ideal landing spot for him. He would be joining a franchise that is no stranger to taking on veteran guys late in their career, and the Red Wings would be getting a guy who can still play and would upgrade their forward depth.
To me, I would much rather the Red Wings pursue Doan or Semin before considering a trade for Nash. Nash is a talented player, but the chances of the Red Wings actually being able to pull off a trade without having their roster ransacked aren't high. A deal for Nash just seems like a lost cause at this point.
If the Detroit Red Wings are unable to sign free-agent forward Zach Parise -- and it is looking pretty unlikely right now -- it appears they will move on to target Shane Doan. The thinking has been that the Red Wings' "Plan B" is Alexander Semin, but Helene St. James reports that Doan is likely to be their target.
#RedWings still have offer out to UFA F Zach Parise, but if can't get him, will go hard after UFA F Shane Doan July 9.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 3, 2012
Doan has spent his entire NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise. While he is a free agent right now, his plan is to wait until July 9 to make a decision about his future. He expects to get more information about the Coyotes' future in Phoenix on that day and doesn't want to commit to re-signing or signing elsewhere until then.
Already many Red Wings fans are groaning at the idea of Doan coming to Detroit, but I think he would be a pretty good addition to the team.