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Report: Shane Doan will “test the free agent market”

Jun 26, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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I’ll admit it; when I saw Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan listed as a top unrestricted free agent, I rolled my eyes. After all, the guy’s been with the franchise since they were the Winnipeg Jets, right? Well, perhaps that best-ever playoff run – or all the financial worries – were enough for Doan because Adrian Dater reports that Doan will test the free agent market this summer.

Dater’s news comes straight from Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, so while it’s not a guarantee that Doan’s gone, it means he certainly could be.

This development adds intrigue to a summer of change for Phoenix on the ice. The team decided to bring Zbynek Michalek back into the fold, yet some other key figures could be gone. Keith Yandle has reportedly been on and off the trading block while Doan joins Ray Whitney as aging (but crucial) veterans who will look for new contracts.

It brings up some interesting questions. Do you think Doan will really sign with another team? If so, which teams could use the gritty veteran forward the most? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  1. buffbry - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    If doan doesn’t ask for the moon he could be a great fit on the 2nd line of the wings. If they can sign semin or parise to play on the top line and doan on 2nd this could be a great move. Dats,Franzen Semin/Parise. Zetts,Flip,Doan. Looks good to me

  2. datsyukx13 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Come to Detroit!!!!

  3. hockeyd40 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Come to Philly and be on a line with Giroux!!!

  4. mclovinhockey - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Good replacement for Jagr on girouxs line haha

  5. lordfletcher - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    He is slowing down a bit but it’s hard not to like a guy who will get you 20-25 goals and play 75+ games.

    I would be a bit surprised if he gets a deal longer than 2 years from a contending team tho.

    Best of luck Doan!

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Sharks need a leader like him. Our current “leadership” is a joke

  7. dabutcha114 - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Let’s go Rangers!

  8. bensawesomeness - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I’d love to see him play for a contender, but the possibility of him playing for Winnepeg….story writes itself

    -Wings fan

  9. itspronotretail - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    lol you’re all idiots and delusional if you think Doan will go to Detroit, he hates Detroit you morons. Screw Detroit anyway they’re done now that Lidstrom is gone.

    • buffbry - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      your so stupid, we lost Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan, Larionov, Konstintinov, Vernon, Osgood, Maltby, Draper,Kozlov,Hasek, Rafalski to mention a few and kept on winning. Now that lidstrom is gone, we will just retool like we always do. Hypothetically if Parise and Suter come to Detroit we are right back on top. Get a clue pal.

      Doan doesn’t hate Detroit, we just played them a few times in the playoffs and he is nasty against whatever team he plays. Thats exactly the type of player that Detroit could use going forward, a hungry veteran who hasn’t won the cup and has an edge. He is the type of spark that has made the wings win in the past. Your saying we are done, but you have no basis of that. Just another hater

    • hockeyrebel - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Another idiot spewing trash and showing they don’t really know anything about hockey, the NHL or Detroit. Probably lives in Raleigh and is a Hurricanes fan…..enough said!

  10. lucicfan603 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Come to Boston!

  11. gaap56 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Trade Bobby Ryan for down

  12. thenewraoulduke - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Doan will be a Coyote next season no matter what. He has more loyalty then any other player in the league

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Then why is he testing the free agent market? Kicks n giggles?

      • kingsofthecup - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        He is negotiating through the press so Phoenix doesn’t come up soft on a deal, read today’s earlier, my daughter has only lived here talk….

  13. leafs2013 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Come to Toronto!!! I know its not gonna happen but the leafs are in much need of everything he brings! Grit, hard work, and leadership. In desperate need of all those things!

    • hockeyrebel - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Toronto is in much need of EVERYTHING!!!! They ought to just blow the whole damn thing up and start from scratch, it’s the quickest and only way they’ll get close to the cup.

      Oh wait, they have one downtown, to bad they can’t win it!!

  14. zaksyuk - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    He would look good in a winged wheel !

  15. piedirsas - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    I am not an oilers fan, but I think they are the ones that could use some experienced leadership the most. He could a great fit between the youngsters and be the key to making the very talented team running again.

  16. dolanster - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Kings have Penner’s spot to fill if they let him walk. Call me crazy, but Doan would be an upgrade. Bump up Penner’s $4.5 to $6 or so. Great player for only $1.5M more. And the Kings get a healthy Gagne back next year? They are going to be NASTY.

    • hockeyrebel - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      LA winning the cup is the worst thing to happen to hockey since Bettman. Hate the Devils but at least they are a solid team and not a one time contender like Boston was and like LA will be.

      Cup will be back to a hockey worthy town next year and we know that’s not Vancouver and Sedin flamers. Did you know they not only still live together but share a bedroom and a bed, and one is bed wetter!!

  17. 1trojanlove - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    @hockeyrebel, haters be hating! Worst thing for hockey? Your a joke! LA has a young core that’s locked up for a while… The reason why hockey is great is because of parody! Every teams fans go into a season believing there team can win…

    • DED - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      I believe you mean “parity”.

  18. kb2126 - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Sorry folks, but Shane won’t be leaving Phoenix! Not a chance…

  19. jmebro - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Hockey rebel…you’re an idiot! At least try to make a smart comment! Guess it’s too hard coming from a 3 year old mentality.

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