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11 teams want to woo Shane Doan

Jul 8, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

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Shane Doan has technically been a free agent since last Sunday. Thanks to him waiting out to see if Greg Jamison’s bid to buy the Coyotes gets held up or not, tomorrow may turn into the official day to big on his services.

Paola Boivin of The Arizona Republic says he won’t have a shortage of suitors should he decide to play somewhere other than Phoenix next season, a decision that will be painful for the career Coyote according to his agent.

Eleven teams have inquired about the player, his agent, Terry Bross, said Friday. New York, Detroit and Montreal are among the group, according to various reports.

Doan deserves better.

“It’s heartbreaking for him,” Bross said. “Heartbreaking.”

Bross reiterated Doan wants to stay with the Coyotes. He loves it here, his family loves it here and he has developed a profound connection with the organization.

Should things get cleared up in Glendale with Jamison’s bid to buy the team, re-signing Doan is a no-brainer. Things continuing to be up in the air, however, ruins that for the team. Doan wants nowhere else to play other than Phoenix, but if ownership is still a mess, you can’t fault the guy for wanting to land in a stable situation.

Worse yet for the Coyotes, one of the teams who will push hard for Doan is the Los Angeles Kings, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Losing your captain due to ownership mayhem is one thing, potentially losing him to a rival stings even more.

  1. andyb02 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    So who are the other 7 teams?

  2. redwingsfan999 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I hope he comes 2 Detroit, he would be a great fit

    • nichis01 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Detroit just picked up Mikael Samuelsson. They don’t need Shane Doan. What they need is defense.

      • bensawesomeness - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        a cup-hungry veteran is EXACTLY what this team needs. Defence will sort itself out when defence becomes available, but Doan would be fantastic and add a spark we havent seen since Dallas Drake and Hossa

  3. screamingyeti - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    That’s it kids! Back to winnipeg!

  4. nichis01 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    I personally think the Vancouver Canucks would be a good fit for Doan. Without Kesler for the first bit of the season, we could use a big right handed player to fill some of Keslers absence. Plus, having Booth, Kesler, and Doan on a second line looks pretty formidable after you have to deal with the 3 twins, Hank, Dank, and Burr.

    • kitshky - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      I’ve been thinking the same thing too but I really haven’t even heard it mentioned before. The scenario seems kinda perfect, all of what you just said, add on his skill set and leadership, the fact that Van’s a west coast team … I dunno it seems to be a pretty good fit.

      Not saying that it would actually happen, but can’t say it’s not a good fit.

  5. puckrat18 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    He’s gonna be a Blackhawk.

    • timmyp716 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      I think you ment Sabre or King…

  6. ravenscaps48 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Don’t be surprised if Washington offers him a deal around 3 years at 6.5 – 7 million per year…

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      I would be very shocked at that

  7. icdogg - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Well, I’m sure it’s no secret that the Flyers are interested.

    • bensawesomeness - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Seems like every article this summer’s started with ‘Detroit, Philly, and Montreal are interested’

    • katolungile - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      Philly is in every player, but last I checked, Doaner doesn’t play in the net.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Well based on his alleged history Montreal isn’t a good fit. Also after how bitter he was towards the Kings after the playoffs I just have a hard time seeing him playing in Los Angeles.

    • namriverrat69 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      A higher percentage shot at the Stanley Cup can change a lot of feelings. He is a terrific player and would be a good fit for both the Kings and himself.

  9. titansrbeast - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I wish San Jose would pick him up…would be a great fit, someone to help with the young guys on one of the lower lines and he’s one of the hardest competitors in the league in my opininon.

  10. katolungile - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Vancouver, Chicago, Edmonton (chance to go home for the end of his career) and they have lots of talent… He’d be a great mentor.

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