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Yes, we’d like to sign Doan, say Canucks

Jul 10, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on before taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman has confirmed his club’s interest in signing unrestricted free agent Shane Doan.

“I have spoken to Shane Doan on behalf of our organization a couple of times,” Gilman told the Vancouver Sun Monday. “I spoke with him on July 1 to express our interest in bringing him to Vancouver and subsequently followed up with Shane last night. I know from my experience in Phoenix that he has been interested in Vancouver in the past. He’s a western Canadian guy whose wife is from Kamloops. So I think there is interest there. I had productive discussions with both Shane and his agent.”

Whether the Canucks are willing to give Doan, 35, a three- or four-year contract will be interesting to see. They didn’t want to sign defenseman Sami Salo, 37, for more than one year and watched him walk away to Tampa Bay.

“For players over 35, it’s very dangerous territory,” GM Mike Gillis said. “If anything happens it counts against your cap. We were comfortable going one year at a time with Sami.”

  1. sergeikremlin - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    It’s the off-season of player wives returning to their home. Will Doan follow the trend, or will he put his foot down, gator style? Somewhere in this interesting off-season is the next greatest Will Arnett parody of the NHL.

    In all seriousness though, Doan may be the missing ingredient for a team that lacks toughness, identity, and character when it matters most. Good luck getting him with “the whole league” interested.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Also of note today was GM Gillis had a big bowl of Chex-Mix for breakfast, walked his dog around the block, and had a good poop, and showered before heading off to the office. Seriously, we know the Nucks want Doan. Slow news day, I spose.

  3. kingfooj - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    the difference is(besides their positions) that doans a tank that can score, salo is good but cant get off the trainers table

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Doan is still a tank at age 35. I’d have no problem giving him a three- or four-year deal.

  5. mrpigs - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    How are the hospitals in Vancouver mclovinhockey?

  6. desertfan - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    How about back to Winnipeg to complete the cycle and mentor the young guys -especially Buff?


    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      I think Winnipeg has inquired about his services. He could replace some of the grit lost with the departure of Glass, with obvious addition of some much needed offense. I still think he’ll head to greener pastures i.e. Chicago or Vancouver.

  7. elvispocomo - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Doan doesn’t have the injury history at 35 that Salo had much younger than that. It’s a point in his favour, and a multi-year deal can certainly be worked to have an affordable base salary with relatively easy targets for bonuses in case he does decide to retire in a year or two’s time.

    I wouldn’t give him 5 years, but if the structure can be worked out, I’d easily give him 2-3 years.

    The only thing I see in Vancouver that would hold us back from persuing it is we finally have some big, young prospects that are talented enough to step into the lineup in the next few years. Kassian has already played at the NHL level (but could development more still), Jensen was very comfortable in the AHL for his brief callup last year, and we have Gaunce, LaBate and Mallett that will be ready soon for NHL duty (although they’re centers) – all have NHL-size and are ready to compete.

    A stop gap for a couple of years is not a problem when you’re talking about Doan, though, even if he did go a little far with some suspensions last year. It’s a sign he may be a step slower which is resulting in some bad decisions, but he can still play for sure.

  8. northstars17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    he will forever he named Shane Moan in my opinion after the way he handled the loss from the LA Kings

    • ron05342 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Lots of Phoenix fans with the “thumbs down” vote…they must still be butt-hurt after losing Nash to the Lakers.

      Phoenix fans, just face facts. You will always be LA’s b*tch. Acceptance, PHX fan. It’s time for acceptance.

  9. uscthom78 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Shane doan’t do it!!!

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