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.