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Apparently Toews is “lobbying” Doan to join Blackhawks

Jun 27, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

Shane Doan, Jonathan Toews AP

Upon hearing that Shane Doan is primed to hit the unrestricted free agent market, one could argue that almost every team in the NHL perked up a bit. I must admit, the forward-rich Chicago Blackhawks weren’t the first team to come to mind, but Adam Jahns and Chris Kuc report that Jonathan Toews has begun “lobbying” Doan during the NHLPA meetings.

Here’s the Jahns Tweet:

“With a grin, Jonathan Toews said he was lobbying Shane Doan to join the #Blackhawks since he will test market.”

(That’s not “tampering” is it? Moving on …)

While Chicago might not “need” Doan as much as teams that are thinner at the forward position, he’d add some welcome girth to a group that’s pretty high on finesse. If a solid, gritty winger such as Troy Brouwer could flourish with the likes of Toews and Patrick Kane, imagine what Doan could accomplish with the Blackhawks?

It’s a fascinating thought, even if the Blackhawks probably have more pressing problems.

Which teams should go after Doan the hardest and who might actually land the Coyotes captain if he jets? Could the Blackhawks simply overwhelm other teams despite their flaws if they added Doan to their already formidable forward mix? Share your thoughts in the comments.

(H/T to Sportsnet.ca.)

  1. herc883 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    No way does Doan leave Phoenix. He is going to retire.

  2. scottfmullin - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    If this kind of lobbying is legal during CBA negotiations, then shouldn’t every team have a representative? I thought every team should be represented with a player before I knew about this kind of thing anyway.

  3. jaysfan64 - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Nice word play there – “….land the Coyotes captain if he jets….”

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      If the rumor was that he was headed to Winnipeg the opportunities for puns would be endless

  4. balewsquare - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I quickly dreamed of this, but didn’t think it was possible. It’d be nice, but it doesn’t solve the 2nd line center and small D. Though maybe their forwards would just absolutely overwhelm opponents like you said.

  5. finfan88shark - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Sounds like Tampering to me

    • btaberle - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      It’s not tampering if Stan Bowman isn’t involved.

  6. btaberle - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Doesn’t matter if he’s not a true center. Blackhawks need some net presence on the power play. Use Kane as a #2 playmaking center, a perfect fit for his puck magic skills, and replace his old spot with Doan.

    • btaberle - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      The Blackhawks (ahem, Red Wings lite) are still looking for their Tomas Holmstrom. Doan fits the bill.

  7. jernster21 - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    I don’t think there’s any way Doan leaves Phoenix, who does Phoenix even have at this point? Seems like every decent player they have have gone to the KHL, been traded, or has been rumored as trade bait so why can’t they pay Doan, especially after the season they just had? Makes me think that management thinks their progress was a fluke and they couldn’t care less about trying to get back to that point or Doan doesn’t care to go through another relocation…can’t say I’d blame him there. My guess is he’ll test free agency, get his ego stroked a little bit, tell PHX management what he was offered and accept half to stay. I lived in Phoenix for years and he does radio spots all the freakin time, everyone knows who he is and loves him….can’t see him trading that in to be an average joe/nobody on a contender.

  8. cshearing - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    In case you weren’t being facetious, there is no such thing as tampering with regards to a player. Only team management has those restrictions.

  9. puckrat18 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    The Hawks could use a Roenick-type player like Doan; a physical presence with some offensive skills and some heart.

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