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.