According to a tweet from David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News, the Sharks are no longer in the running for Shane Doan as he has made it clear he wants to sign a deal that is longer than three years.
In a poll asked over the weekend, 44.23% of readers said that their preference to sign Doan to a three-year deal is based upon the cap hit he would bring. 39.68% of readers said that they would sign him to a three-year deal and 16% said No.
Adam Rotter: The key factor in all of this is that Doan has four young kids who need to know where they will be going to school in the fall. He wants a multi-year deal with the intent of moving his family and time is starting to run out in the summer. Doan has been more than patient in trying to give Phoenix every chance it can to stabilize his ownership and keep him, but that has dragged out the process.
According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, Shane Doan is searching for a four-year deal and that the Rangers, along with Pittsburgh and Vancouver, are on his short list of teams he is willing to sign with.
Brooks writes that if Glen Sather is willing to go to four years on a contract there is a good chance that Doan becomes a Ranger.
He adds that there is a possibility that Doan could accept a three-year deal with the Rangers to play under John Tortorella once again.
Brooks writes that the Rangers primary interest in Doan is to replace some of the depth that they lost with Brandon Prust, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov.
In an interview with TSN, Shane Doan said the following about where he is right now as a free agent “I’m doing everything I can to stay there and that’s kind of my goal. At the same time, I have to do some due diligence now in the fact that the longer it takes the the harder it seems to be to get a deal done in Phoenix.”
Doan said “I am going to try and give Phoenix every chance that I can,” and that he is looking for a long term deal.
He added “For me it’s going to be about my family and the right situation for us and the right situation for me as a player to have a chance to win and enjoy the game. That’s a big part of it, being in the right spot and enjoying it. There’s obviously a few teams that fit that.”
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.”