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Canucks in the mix to sign Doan, confirms agent

Jul 9, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks are far from the only team that’s interested in signing Shane Doan, but according to his agent, they’re among the favorites to get it done.

Terry Bross told CKWX in Vancouver that Doan, 35, has spoken with Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman about joining the club, and that his client is interested in the opportunity.

Gilman was formerly an executive with the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, so there’s a relationship there.

And as the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle notes, Doan’s wife is from Kamloops, British Columbia, and the couple spends time there in the offseason.

Doan is also a co-owner of his former junior team, the Kamloops Blazers (WHL).

The Canucks could certainly use a player of Doan’s ilk. As it stands, Vancouver is woefully lacking in the “grizzled veteran” category. A second line comprised of Doan (RW), Ryan Kesler (C) and David Booth (LW) has considerable appeal on paper.

Related: Let “Doan Watch” begin; free agent winger is ready to explore options

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Uffda, that would bring the toughness level up a bit in Vancouver. I don’t want to have to hate Doan though, but I will if he goes there (out of principle obviously, not him specifically).

  2. DTF31 - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    This would require Kesler to remember how to pass the puck a little. Like how he had that 50 assist season because he was passing. And his linemates happened to have great years (Raymond and Samuelsson), when he was passing.

    • danphipps01 - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      No kidding. Kesler’s selfishness dictates how effective, or distinctly ineffective, his linemates can be. Unfortunately, he’s a me-first guy a lot more than not. I’d look into dealing him to a team with a good dedicated pass-first winger to make use of him as a more purely shot-first guy, like Richards and Carter. He’s only a year removed from the Selke. They’d find a willing dance partner pretty fast. Mind you, the deal would need to include a replacement going the other way. The Canucks have nobody who can step into a top-two centre role right now.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    that would be a good pick up

  4. capesouth - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    he would be the first honest player the canucks have had in in years…

    • you4real - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/03/10/bc-sedin-hospital-donation.html

      Spoken like a true halfway sports fan, who knows absolutely nothing about the teams he loves to bash..

      • capesouth - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        Really? Talk about blinded by your own homerism. Every hockey player does things OFF the ice that are respectable. We are talking about hockey here…as in what happens on the ice. The Sedins are some of the biggest actors out there, constantly diving and embellishing. That is undeniable and as a result they are not honest hockey players. Throw Burrows, Lappierre, and Kesler into that mix. Come on…use your head. To you, somehow because they donate $ (an incredible amount of it I will admit) they are great players??…community involvement has nothing to do with hockey and the way it’s played. The Canucks organization promotes that crap type of play for some reason and the result is they have more players than any other team that embellish and try to trick the refs into penalty calls. They look foolish..Try again..

      • you4real - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Daniel’s Ted Lindsay award speaks louder than your foolish babble… I hear the players vote on it

  5. imleftcoast - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Jordan Schultz is from Kamloops, and somehow he ended up going to the Oilers. Hopefully, that’s just because he’s scared to have any expectations on him.

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