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

Jul 9, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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It’s July 9 and that means it’s time for the Coyotes to find out if Greg Jamison’s bid to buy the team will be slowed down. That also means it’s time for Shane Doan to figure out if he’s coming back to Phoenix or heading out of town.

Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic hears from Doan’s agent that he’s ready to start listening to offers no matter how much it pains him to do so.

“I expect by Tuesday we’ll probably start listening to some offers, get an idea of where he kind of fits in the market, and take that next step,” said Terry Bross, Doan’s agent. “I wouldn’t say anything’s imminent.”

It’s believed as many as 11 teams have interest in signing Doan including the Rangers, Canadiens, Flyers, and Kings. As a physical power forward with scoring touch, he should have many suitors and after being the captain of the Coyotes for so long now, he brings character as well.

After the other departures we’ve seen out of Phoenix (Adrian Aucoin to Columbus, Ray Whitney to Dallas) losing Doan would be the ultimately punch in the stomach.

  1. tmoore4075 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    My guess is Kings or if the Ducks have interest them. He won’t want to be far from his kids. Would interesting to see him on the Wings as they’ve shown interest but can’t imagine him wanting to go too far and Kings are close and are the defending champs.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Dear George McPhee,
    If You felt that it was necessary to overpay a player like Joel Ward last summer… PLEASE SHOW THIS GUY THE MONEY!

  3. redwingsfan999 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I can see him with the kings, rangers, flyers, or wings, personally I want him with the wings

  4. mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I think if he leaves, Philly can make a smart offer, he is a family man, Philly has some of the best hospitals in North America, specially kids hospitals.

    I don’t see him leaving the coyotes though.

    • challer9 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Yeah, Shane Doan is going to base his decision on where to move not on schooling, climate, crime, or neighborhoods, but on hospitals…Well, they would come in use when his kids get heckled, stuff thrown at them, and probably assaulted after their dad has a bad game. Gotta love Philly!

      • katolungile - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        Getting a beatdown after he goes for a cheesesteak is always enjoyable.

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        wait, so you think a guy who would put his kids before the sport (even said it himself) would not look to a city with good schooling, hospitals and other things EVERY family man looks at when moving?? Crazy how that makes about as much sense as a solar powered tanning booth.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Gotta love you penguins fans the jerkoff level is kinda in the stratosphere when you see a flyers comment

  5. respectsoupcansthickstick - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    just like everyone else, no one wants to go to philthy

    • katolungile - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      That’s why the flyers always offer ridiculous money… Have to make up for philthy.

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Nash and Ryan said they want to go to philly….so enjoy living in your little bubble where you seem to forget huge details like that

  6. bensawesomeness - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    This guy is skilled, gritty, and cup- HUNGRY. Anyone’d be crazy not to want him on their team.

    • ron05342 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      If he wants a Cup now, his best shot is the Kings.

      And he knows it.

      • bensawesomeness - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        If there’s anything the 2012 playoffs should have taught you, it’s that anybody who enters the tournament can walk away with the silver chalice.
        Washington took down Boston and almost NY,
        Florida took Jersey to 7
        Phoenix, of all teams, made it to the western finals.
        Detroit, Vancouver, Pittsburgh – all gone in the first round

        Make it in, in this day and age, everyone has a shot, there is no ‘Clear winner’ anymore

  7. mrpigs - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I want to slap mclovinhockey for the rational of his comment!

    • challer9 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      It sounds exactly like Philadelphia rationale: We can’t stop our citizens from shooting and beating up on each other, so let’s develop some top notch hospitals to make sure we can care for them after they are done acting like idiots. Sounds about right for Philly.

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      haha, even I had to like this. I know right, my comment made more sense than most comments on here… Guess I am the only one who thinks of what the players would like since it is a fact that Doan said “HE WILL PUT HIS FAMILY FIRST”… So, since philly is a top contender and will offer a boat load of cash (just like many teams) this may end up playing a big role in where he signs… OF COURSE, I think he resigns in Phx as long as they still stay in Phx, but I am just thinking a head. Unlike most people on here

  8. capesouth - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Boston, clearly…nah, he won’t leave the Yotes.

  9. mrpigs - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Everyone knows he’s coming to the Rangers cause of our world class corner food carts! Kabobs, mystery meat and Doan are a match made in heaven!

  10. mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Okay, if he plays for Philly, making at least 5 a year, do you really think he will live in the city? Think before you talk. Fact is Philly is not where flyers fans are from, flyers fans live in the suburbs, the very nice suburbs around Philly, which is where Doan would live. No crime, good schools, the climate is normal (not sure why you would bring that up) and yes, top quality hospitals for his family, that’s why cliff lee took Philly over New York.

    Look if you want to talk hockey or say ANYTHING to have people take you seriously, please be intelligent about your comments. Don’t just act like soupcan and insult a city that you have never been just because you don’t want Doan to go there.

    Oh and sorry for being rational on my comments and thinking like an adult would.

    • anthonykornheiser - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      Fact is, NYC is home to the greatest hospitals not only in America but in the world. They have world renown doctors specializing in different things in many of their hospitals. So cliff lee took Philly over NY for the hospitals? I could have sworn he took Philly over NY because during the playoffs the fans were harassing his wife, and more important, the phillies paid him more money by adding that extra year. But you can stick with that hospital and “climate” statement.

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        LIKE I SAID….. Philadelphia has some of the top hospitals in North America, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN’S!!!!!!

        I dont really care how many thumbs up or down I get, all you need to know is I just proved you wrong.

        Oh, and Lee came out and said that the fans did not harass his wife… hell, they did not even know who he was when he was on the Phillies, he took the subway walked all around town and walked into the Stadium hours before game 1 of the world series, and no one knew who he was.

    • theageofquarrel - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      WOW CLIFF LEE LIVES THERE!!! DOAN SHOULD SIGN IMMEDIATELY!!! Imagine living in a part of Philthy that has no crime and such! Unfathomable! Are there magical unicorns living there too?!?!

  11. sjsharks66 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I notice a lot of people saying the best bet for players to win a cup is go to the kings. Why? They just won? It’s not a guarantee they will even win another one in the next 10 years. They will be a playoff team for a long time though.
    I’m not trying to be a dick, I’m just curious why if Doan goes to the kings he has a shot at the cup.

    • kitshky - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      You clearly haven’t spent enough time at the PHT comment board school of hockey, the year after a team wins the Cup they’re automatically the best team in the league and thus unbeatable and a lock to win the Cup the following year.

  12. dkphilly1122 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    They only shoot and beat people up in Philly?? News to me, considering every MAJOR CITY, not you Pittsburgh, I said MAJOR CITY, has Shootings and everything else. He mean’t great Hospitals cause Doan has kids and is a Christian man and cares about his kids enough to check the small details out about where he’ll play next. Gotta love the small city people, like Pittsburgh fans. They’re trying every excuse under the sun because they aren’t Major City like Philly, NY, Detroit, or LA.

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      guess they beat people up in pitt as well, this is the worst thing I have heard in a LONG time

  13. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Doan isnt girth worthy for entrance into The Army.

  14. ct14flyers - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Mclovinhockey your an idiot. It’s embarassing to say especially to a fellow flyers fan but Geno Pringles is a lot funnier than you and you just look like a idiot for spazzing out on him every time. Plus Doan doesn’t care about the hospitals, does any hockey player? And Doan won’t come to the Flyers as badly as they could use him. And in Semin’s case there is definitely no way of him coming to Philly because of what happened with Zherdev. No more moves from the Flyers this off season.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Interesting comment here. As someone who has lived in Philly (6th and wolf just behind south street) AND the burbs (north wales) I agree that hospitals might not be his main motivating factor..but genopringles (and his 7 other names most of which refer to parts of the male anatomy) is the least funny commenter on here. Furthermore if you think the flyers are done, you are the idiot. Philly is a beautiful city and the surrounding areas are exceptional places to live. Despite what half the posters say (I wonder how many of you have ever been near the 215, and cherry hill doesn’t count)…and anthonykornheiser just so you know CHOP (children’s hospital of philadelphia) and upenn are two of the most prestigious hospitals in the world…oh I forgot Einstein which is one of the leading neurological hospitals in the country. But it’s probably because everyone in Philly is a thug and shoots for the head right? Ha you people calm yourselves Americans then trash the city that is arguably the BIRTH of American freedom. You are no better than any racist or anti Semite that has ever uttered a slur towards another human. AMERICA. EFF YEAH

      WHOO. that felt good.

      • ct14flyers - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        What are you talking about? I said the Flyers wouldn’t make any more moves and you bring in what the city looks like. And then you call me an idiot. And yes I live in the city. So chill out. Plus Geno Pringles is just trying to piss you off. It’s funny to read what he says. If you weren’t so offended because he made fun of a team that you have no effect on maybe I would respect what you just wrote. Your letting some guy over the internet wind you up this much? Maybe you are the idiot.

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Its funny that I am being called an idiot by someone whose intellectual level is clearly below mine.
      1. DOAN IS A FAMILY MAN, that is a fact, you can not argue with it, he is a Christian man who cares more about his family than hockey. Im sorry but if you had kids and were an athlete, you would take hospitals, schools and many other things into consideration before moving your family. That is just a fact. Of course that is just to help out considering we will not be the only contender with a star center to offer him a lot of money.

      2. You really think Geno Pringles is funny… yet you call me an idiot and a spazz??? wow, I have a very large sense of humor, like Oprah’s ass huge, but to say geno and his multiple idiotic names (would not be surprised if you were actually one of them) to have any comedic talent at all, thats just ridiculous, that guy is about as funny as the holocaust.

      • ct14flyers - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Your name is Mclovinhockey. If you were any stupider you would be like Tie Domi.

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        @ ct14flyers… all I have stated are COLD HARD FACTS…. not sure why you think I am more stupid (since “stupider” is not a word) than you just for saying things that are proven facts.

        If you want to refer to my intellectual capacity in a diminutive manner then at least have an intelligent reason why.

  15. icdogg - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    It’s probably his last shot at big money. He wants to stay where he is, but if that’s not an option, there’s no reason to think that he’s particularly attracted or not attracted to any other place. More likely, it’s about the money, and about the organization, and how he feels he would fit in.

  16. comeonnowguys - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    How about trading him from the Phoenix Coyotes to the new Quebec Nordiques?

    Oh wait, same team. Nevermind.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Ok. That was pretty funny. And hopefully true.

  17. wakegoalie27 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    It’s funny seeing all this Philly hate. Seriously, the area has some great communities both in and out of the community. It takes a certain type of person to thrive in Philly and when they do they are heralded and treated like kings. Philadelphia is a hockey town with a retarded mayor. Holmgren makes both insanely great trades and ridiculously stupid. He signs people he knows don’t fit our scheme and is shocked web they don’t perform well.

    You people are just ignorant, every fan base has the jack hole douchebag fan and yeah I admit Philly tends to have a few more than most cities. Can we at least all agree thankfully we aren’t Pitt, Toronto, Montreal and worst of all: whineapeg fans.

    Down in Philly would be awesome, he’s a superior version of jagr and should come cheaper. Flyers would benefit greatly from doan experience and skill!

    • handsofsweed - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      What.The. Hell. None of that made any sense.

  18. anthonykornheiser - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    When is this site going to be named PhillyHockeyTalk already? This is exhausting, aren’t people from Philly exhausted already too? There has yet to be a free agent or star player that hasnt been linked to the flyers on this site. Now were discussing hospitals, and the suburbs. Make it stop.

  19. cameltoews - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Despite all this stupid talk I bet cliff lee regrets going to Philly now since it took him half a season to get one win. Should have went to NY afterall.

  20. phillyfan97 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Doan is a prototypical Philadelphia Flyer, but the question is wether he wants to stay in the West, or leave and come to the East. However this ends up, one thing is for sure the team that acquires Doan will be getting a great player as well as a great person.

  21. mrpigs - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Face it mclovinhockey, no one likes you! Go have some brotherly love with your right hand!

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