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Could Shane Doan be a trade deadline target if the Coyotes falter?

Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes have had a lot of ups and downs over the last decade or so, whether it’s been on the ice (missing the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons before Dave Tippett took over) or with their well-publicized ownership issues.The one constant has been power forward Shane Doan, often a standout player who’s been a member of the franchise since their last season in Winnipeg and has ranked as one of the league’s most respected leaders since he became their captain in 2003-04. It’s likely that he’ll cross the 300 goal mark with the only team he’s ever played for next season.

All of that sentimentality aside, the sad reality of sports is that even the best relationships must come to an end at some point. There’s no denying the loyalty of the 34-year-old Canadian winger, but with the franchise’s future in Arizona in doubt and Doan’s own contract ready to expire after the 2011-12 season, it’s reasonable to wonder if he might be a popular trade target if the Coyotes struggle without Ilya Bryzgalov in net.

That’s the idea that ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers brought up in a mailbag a few days ago and Lyle Richardson elaborated upon tonight. Before I get into my own thoughts on a possible Doan trade, here’s what Spector had to say about the concept.

Doan might be available if the Coyotes are out of playoff contention by the trade deadline, but it’s not a certainty.

A recent report in USA Today noted Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted to meet with Doan prior to training camp to discuss a new contract.

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Doan has been very loyal to the Coyotes franchise dating back to his time in Winnipeg, so it shouldn’t be assumed he’s keen to test next summer’s UFA market.

Still, if Doan decides to wait until the end of the season to talk contract, or it appears the Coyotes are headed to another city following the season and they fall out of playoff contention by February, rumors of a deadline trade to a Cup contender – such as the Blackhawks – will run rampant.

Again, Doan has been very loyal to the Coyotes and could very well sign a contract extension before the trade deadline comes around. Still, let’s take a quick look at which teams might want to keep Doan on their radars.

Note: Doan registers a $4.5 million salary cap hit, but that amount would be greatly reduced around trade deadline time. Still, cap space will be given at least some consideration in this discussion.

source: Getty ImagesChicago (current cap space: $3.04 million): Rogers mentions Doan as a good fit for the Blackhawks, which makes sense since his rugged play and experience would be worthwhile if Chicago finds themselves in another grudge match against the Vancouver Canucks. That being said, they probably need a pure No. 2 center more than anything else.

Vancouver ($2.53M): Speaking of the Canucks, they could really use a top-six forward and Doan would make an already agitating team that much tougher to play against. How many teams would want to deal with Doan, Ryan Kesler, Maxim Lapierre and Alexandre Burrows in a best of seven series?

Detroit ($5.85M): Red Wings fans learned to hate Doan in their last two first round series, but if Detroit wanted to go all-in during what could be Nicklas Lidstrom‘s final season, Doan would give them a physical presence – not to mention a right-handed shot.

Boston ($7.62M): The Bruins have a pretty deep set of forwards, but they also have a ton of cap space and might want a little more scoring variety with hot-and-cold winger Michael Ryder out of the picture. Doan would make the Bruins bigger and badder by bolstering a beefy group that already includes Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.

Los Angeles ($9.34M): Obviously, the Kings won’t have nearly the same amount of cap space after they sign Drew Doughty, but they still should have some money left over during deadline time. Doan seems like an ideal fit for the way Los Angeles does business, although the Coyotes would cringe at the idea of trading their hero to a divisional foe.

Nashville ($15.88M): His full season price tag might be a bit much for the Predators, but adding an impact forward like Doan at the trade deadline might show Nashville’s Big 3 that they’re serious about contending.

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Honestly, the previous list is just a small sampling of the teams who should keep an eye on Doan. In an ideal world, he’ll stick with the Coyotes until he hangs up his skates, but you cannot blame fans of other teams for imagining how he’d fit in as a rental player.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    He should be. One of those guys who gives all he has got. But he is only getting older. Putting him on a legitimate playoff team would make them a contender for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

    • cannonblast14 - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      So thats the perspective from outside Phoenix, but if your a fan or GM or anything, what would you want to do.
      No way they trade him. They need him. Hes one of those important players that i just dont think they can trade to be honest.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    You are right. But they should put a better team around him them. He is the face of PHX. And I’m sure he is as loyal as they come. Look at their roster, do they look like a team that will be contending for the Stanley Cup? That’s the perspective I’m coming from. If the GM and/or the organization really cared for Mr. Doan, they would give him better players to surround or trade him to a Cup contender.

    • cannonblast14 - Aug 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      I agree, but easier said than done. Especially with that budget. They do keep making the playoffs for reasons I dont even know. I dont think they will make it this year without Bryz but Nashville does the same thing to me every year.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

        True true. Nashville has a legitimate #1 goalie in Rinne. Moving Doan won’t be easy but he is 34 years old (3rd oldest on PHX’s roster). Teams will give up prospects/draft picks for Doan services. If the Coyotes struggle throughout the season, they should strongly consider moving Doan to improve their future. ‘Zona fans may not like that, but this is the reality of the this team.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    He seems like a guy who puts the success of his team before his own. I think he will block any trade until some time during his final season. He doesn’t look 35 out there, no question he’s got a few good years for the Coyotes left in him

  4. 8man - Aug 27, 2011 at 5:15 PM

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