According to CSN Bay Area, the Sharks are one of the favorites to sign Coyotes free agent Shane Doan.
The report says that the Sharks have flown under the radar in their pursuit of Doan and that Doan is looking for a four year deal worth $30 million.
The report adds “Doan reportedly met with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, and has also drawn interest from the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. His preference is to remain in Phoenix, but the uncertain ownership situation there has led to him exploring other options.”
At Backhand Shelf, Justin Bourne writes that Shane Doan has proven his loyalty to the Coyotes and the Phoenix area and it is time for him to move on and chase the Stanley Cup.
Bourne writes “It’s so bizarre to me that a guy as fiercely competitive as Doan wouldn’t be salivating at the thought of playing alongside some of the best players in the League after years of skating alongside second and third liners. I’m not trying to tear down the Coyotes current roster, just saying it’s been 16 seasons of playing with mediocrity for the majority of the time.”
Buffalo GM Darcy Regier said that he admires Doan’s loyalty “He’s spent his whole career with that organization, and I think that’s meaningful, and I admire that, but in the event he’s not going to stay there, we certainly would have an interest.”
According to the Phoenix Business Journal, Greg Jamison still lacks the cash to not only buy the Coyotes but to also operate them.
Mike Sunnucks writes “Operating capital could be the newest obstacle facing the Jamison purchase and the Coyotes tenuous situation in Glendale. Essentially, the prospective Coyotes owner needs the money, financing or favorable sales terms so he can pay the bills, meet payroll and keep the lights on after a sale.”
They write that the NHL could lower the asking price for the franchise to help Jamison buy the team and also help him secure the money to operate the franchise after he purchases the team.
In terms of Shane Doan, Sunnucks writes that he may soon meet with the Kings and “If Doan jumps to a new team before a Coyotes sale is complete, that could diminish confidence in Jamison’s bid.”
At NHL.com, Dan Rosen looks at five teams that Shane Doan could sign with if he decides to leave Phoenix.
One of those teams listed is the Rangers and Rosen writes “He wants to win the Stanley Cup and the Rangers are built to win now.”
Rosen says that if Doan is to sign in NY than Carl Hagelin would likely lose his spot in the top six and Rick Nash would move over to the left side.
He adds “All this might not matter because coach John Tortorella has a habit of constantly juggling his lines, but there’s no denying Doan would fit on the Rangers and make them even better than they are right now — and right now they’re a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.”
The other teams listed are the Canucks, Penguins, Flyers and Kings.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers will need something to lure Doan that is different from what the other teams can offer him. Doan isn’t going to pick a team that won’t be a Stanley Cup contender and is likely to have the same kind of role and responsibility on every team. At that point, it may come down to who goes to a fourth year, or fifth, to sign him up. Doan wants security and stable ownership with his new deal. I don’t think there will be much negotiating, he has his demands and someone will cave into them.
According to David Shoalts in the Toronto Globe and Mail, today may officially be the day where Shane Doan decides to move on from the Phoenix Coyotes and start negotiating with other teams.
Reports over the weekend were that Greg Jamison is short $20 million in his pursuit of buying the Coyotes and writes “This brings up another question – if Jamison cannot raise the purchase price how will he cover the Coyotes operating losses above the $17-million covered by the arena lease if the sale ever goes through? In a good year, the Coyotes lose more than $20-million.”
Understand its not just that Jamison is 20 mill short of buying the Yotes its you need 30-40 mill in reserve to run team–operating capital!— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) July 30, 2012
Shoalts adds “There are teams willing to pay Doan $7-million for one year (maybe two) but he’ll be 36 by start of season so 4 yrs is scary. All that being said, same source says someone will cough up a four-year deal for Doan in $7-m range.”
12:25PM: According to Sarah McLellan in the Arizona Republic, Shane Doan is primarily interested in three or four teams and a couple more that he is just interested in.
Doan is expected to speak with prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison today to get an update on where he stands with purchasing the team. His agent says that if they don’t get the update they want “I think we’re going to start to negotiate with some of the other clubs.”
His agent went on to say “I wouldn’t be shocked if we had a decision next week.”
Doan visited with the Rangers and Flyers while on the East coast last week.
Doan’s agent says that it’s time to decide “It’s time to fish or cut bait. All the obstacles are out of the way, so I can’t hold these teams off forever. They have franchises to run, and they need to make moves for their clubs as well. I don’t think it’s fair to Shane or the other clubs that might be interested to continue to drag this out.”
Vancouver newspaper The Province thinks that Doan won’t sign for less than three years and could be expected to get multiple five year offers, something the Canucks may not be willing to do.