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Report: Doan gets four-year, $30 million-plus offer from Eastern Conference team

Jul 13, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 27: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nashville Predators during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

An Eastern Conference team has presented Coyotes captain Shane Doan with a four-year, $30 million-plus contract offer, John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR Phoenix is reporting by way of an NHL source.

Gambadoro is the same guy who first reported Steve Nash had been traded to the Lakers, if you’re wondering about legitimacy.

If the report is accurate and Doan accepts, his cap hit will be $7.5 million. And given he’s 35 years old, that cap hit will be there all four years, even if Doan retires before the contract expires.

Of course, Doan hasn’t accepted any offer yet, and he’s always said his first preference is to stay in Phoenix. And if he has to move, it’s been reported he wants to stay in the Western Conference to be close to his family.

But damn…for $30 million, he can get a new family.

  1. liamj55 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    This smells like Holmgren…………..

    • flyeredup202 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      and thats a bad smell from homer….

    • bildomatic - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      If you believe Eklund then Flyers fans can rest easy… He says it’s not them… Granted this is the same guy that held me hostage for 2 years during “Kaberle Watch”

      • imacdane - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        If I were a Flyers fan I’d feel more comfortable if Eklund had said it was the Flyers that made this offer, since nothing that he says ever turns out to be true.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        If you believe Eklund you need to really reconsider who you’re using for your hockey info!

        *still waiting for wisbadgers to give me an apology for trying to label me a Chiefs fan*

  2. elemeno89 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    thats alotta hooch

  3. gaborik104life - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    For the love of god not the Rangers. I love your style Doan I think you would be great but for the love of god no. We have too many key players to resign in the next two years. THIS IS MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • stakex - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM


      I would love to see Doan as a Ranger, but not for a $7.5 million cap hit over the next four years. The guys a very solid player, but lets be honest… hes on the downside of his career and his production is likely to fall over those four years.

  4. sens101 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    theres no way that its holmgren. Philly cant take that hit for the next four years cus they will need to negotiate a lot of contract in the next few years

    • kingfooj - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      unless homer is cooking up another blockbuster for next year to make space, you never know

    • mikeyhigs - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Don’t forget that Hartnell and Timmonen come off the books next year. That’s over $10 million. And Shelley’s $1.1 mil. I know Hartnell had a great year, but I don’t see the Flyers offering him the contract he wants. He’s already angling for a new contract because he and everyone else knows he just had the best year he will ever have.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        The second the Flyers let Hartnell walk is the second I literally laugh out loud and no longer consider them a contender.
        Good luck explaining that one to Claude.

        Another hockey fan who doesn’t understand the game
        At all

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Hartnell is only one of the better power forwards in the entire league. He will always be a leader on his team in hits, like he led the Flyers this season. He will always be a good defensive forward like he led the Flyers in +/- this year. The things he does is not a product of having a “good year” the 30 plus goals is the cherry on top. My god this guy and Claude have blossomed together, and Flyers fans want to break it up because……they don’t want that grit and chemistry?

        Yup I sure do hope Homer lets him walk, would love to watch my Wings or a Flyers nemesis scoop him up faster than 2 shakes of a lambs tail.

  5. ynothockey - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    NOOoooooooooooooo!!!!! If he leaves Phoenix attendance is going to get really bad. Then will come more BS about how they should move.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Wasn’t it last in the league already?

  6. dtob79 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM


    • bmscalise - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Not a remote chance this is the Pens. They would never give Doan that term at his age (see Gonchar, Guerin), and they would never give him that money when they need to negotiate with Geno and Letang next year. The Pens culture – led by Sid – is that everyone takes a little bit less to make the group more successful. A deal like this would completely undermine that: Doan isn’t Parise.

      They’ve piled up defensive prospects with the expectation that they’ll need to go the trade root to get what they want – and that’s exactly what they’ll do when the right deal comes along. They aren’t in a hurry.

      • dtob79 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        So, that’s a maybe?

    • copman40 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Buffalo Sabres

  7. kingfooj - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    this has philly all over it

  8. andyb02 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Would not be surprised at all if it’s the Flyers. You would think Homer would learn his lesson after what happened with Pronger and his 35+ contract.

    • jelliot1978 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Pronger’s deal wasn’t wrong at the time. It only became a bad contract because he got badly injured, that is also only ‘IF’ he retires. If they are placing him on LTIR because he is ‘trying’ to come back then it is just dead money not dead cap space. I would say though, that 7.5+ for Doan is a bit much. He would be a great addition to any team but that is way over value for him. Is it possible that it is a team trying to get to the cap floor?

      • capitanseyth88 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        this is absolutely a team trying to hit the cap floor. florida, anyone? they need offense. carolina needs another top 6 forward…there are plenty of EC teams that have cap room and badly need a guy like doan, aging or not.

  9. mrpigs - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I swear to god rangers!!! Don’t do it! That’s so much cheese and screws our cap in a cpl years!

  10. travishenryskid - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    That’s Pegula money.

  11. austav - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I Hope its not buffalo. too much for Doan, really good player but not 7.5 per good. Pegula likes to throw the $$$ around but not even sure they have the space anyway.

    • copman40 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      They have the space. Its 4yrs $30million. About $10mill upfront. Cap hit of 4 something a year

      • claysbar - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        Actually you have to divide the money by the years when it comes to cap space. Doesn’t matter if it’s front loaded or not. 4 years x $30 mill would be a $7.5 mill cap hit.

      • claysbar - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        err, replace the x with /, my bad

  12. sjsharks66 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    This has philly ALL over it.

  13. H - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I would suspect it is a team that is way below the salary cap, full on young players needing leadership, trying to make a splash and a GM that is known for ridiculous contracts. One team comes to mind: New York Islanders.

    • ryan02190 - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      makes sense

  14. jrsaffell - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Brian Burke

  15. benhrome - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Winnipeg. Wouldn’t surprise me they’d want to see him back to finish as a Jet, even if it’s not the same Jets team he started with.

  16. ironcity6pak - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    This has flyers all over it.

  17. govtminion - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    With Semin coming off the books, there’s at least some chance- and logic- to the Capitals being interested… but the amount of money doesn’t sound much like McPhee.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      I doubt it… Though it would be nice to have a fella like Doan as a top 6 instead of Matty P or Wolski

    • sfischer1967 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Ovechkin – under contract for a good while
      Backstrom – under contract for a good while
      Laich – Under contract…another 5 years
      Semin – not coming back
      Green – not going to arbitration, so accepting a pretty much flat salary
      Carlson – looking at $2m/year
      the Crabb and Wolski signings were small hits in terms of both term and salary.
      so….the money is there., and the team needs Doan type leadership.

  18. ravenscaps48 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Maybe it’s Winnipeg

  19. steelpenguin71 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    HARTNELL? Are you kidding?

  20. jpelle82 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    its pittsburgh. he will be crosby’s new bill guerin…only better.

  21. mattj2524 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    While it doesn’t surprise me that people feel like this is a Homer deal – it won’t be. He knows how close he was with Pronger. The reason this team looked so good in the first round, only to look completely outmatched in the second was due not only to the loss of Pronger’s leadership on and off the ice, but because their top blueliner wasn’t around anymore to eat minutes (and dominate their own zone). Homer’s saving the money to make a monster play @ Weber once the Preds can’t convince him to come back. Weber brings the grit, the leadership, the size, the endurance – every single aspect you lost when Pronger got hurt, but in the package of a 28 year old.

    Doan’s EC offer isn’t from the Flyers…and if it takes loosing out on Hartnell in order to sign Weber – then Scottie, you will be missed, but it must be done.

  22. blueblood86 - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM


    • johnguelff - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM


  23. williplett - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Trying to sign a 35+guy to a 4 yr/$30mil deal after he has averaged 55 points over the last three seasons seems like a WAY worse move than locking up two top drawer players who inexplicably hit free agency at the same time, if you ask me.

    -The musing of an excited Wild fan.

    • minnesotasbandwagon - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      ouch, my back!

      • williplett - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        That’s what your mom said.

    • williplett - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Timmy Thomas says he is not going to play a single second in goal for the Bruins this season but his $5mil cap hit has them up against the cap tighter than any NHL. The CBA might change, but you have to look out for those 35+ contracts as much as anything these days.

  24. xaf605 - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    This has b.s. wrote all over it no team is that dumb

  25. wingsfan40 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    carolina a stall-stall-doan line would be the line the canes have needed all along

  26. zaro11 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    gotta be the Rangers

  27. jacketsfan7 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Itd be nice to know the team that offered it , hoping the pens , if not have it be a pens rival , make it more exciting

  28. cloudniner9 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    no way this is the bruins, flyers or leafs or even the rangers, must be a team with tons of cap space and money to waste, its either BS or the islanders.

  29. ml3939 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    That would make him the most overpaid player since Ryan Suter.

  30. charleslouis99 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    this is sillier than the carle bidding

  31. leninthebuff - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Sounds like Buffalo…Regeir needs to make one more move and who else would throw crazy money around like that. Would Doan like playing on the third line at the start with Ott and Grigorenko? Is there a trade in the works for Stasny and one of our RW’s is going? Maybe just wishful thinking on my part.

  32. caniacx4 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Sorry boys, he’s coming to the CANES….

  33. caniacx4 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Sorry boys, CANES have been saving their pennies with all of our young guns.
    It’s gonna be a STAAL, STAAL, DOAN line
    C’mon Rutherford pull it, we need him

  34. ninozlatino - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Don’t think this is Philly at those numbers. They have interest. But that number is too big for someone his age. Has to be a market that needs to spark attendance.

  35. bethgoesglobal - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    I’m surprised no one has thrown the Senators into the speculation. They have the cap space and Alfredsson still hasn’t stated his intentions for next season. If he were to retire Doan would be a great guy in put into their lineup. He would be another older, more experienced player with proven leadership qualities which could help fill the void should Alfie retire.
    I don’t see Brian Murray making that kind of an offer, but the Senators did surprisingly well last season. Maybe they’re willing to throw some money out there to go a little farther in the playoffs.
    That is crazy stupid money for ANY team to offer to Doan though.

  36. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    100% no on Buffalo. (NO, NO, NO, NO!). Pegula is rich, but don’t confuse wealth with stupidity. Buffalo didn’t throw that kind of money at a 35 year old for 4 years (sorry kids). I’d put this on Philly 1st, NYR 2nd, and (oh) Boston 3rd. Philly just got excited because there was an expensive forward out there; not necessarily knowing exactly who that was. They just threw out Nash dollars and hoped to trade everybody to make room. NYR heard that Philly was involved, and remembered how awesome the Scott Gomez deal was, so why not throw out 7.5 at a 35 year old- it’s a freggin bargain. I just kinda threw BOS out there. In all honesty, if Boston were in play, I’d think Doan would like Boston’s 7.5 more than Philly or NY’s money: and that’s why he’s awesome. I might be missing an obvious EC team that needs to make the floor, and for some strange reason Doan’s agent thought he could “do better” than that. But really, I think (more or less) I’ve covered the bidding war to this point. The “Pitt” angle: well for sure, it was funny when they made room for Parise, and the darkest of Darkhorses won….maybe that’ll make them giants at the trade deadline. Maybe..Until then……………………………………………………….

  37. joewilliesshnoz - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    He’ll be drinking from the Stanley Cup next year as a Penguin .

  38. manchestermiracle - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Perhaps a previous commentary touched on this (there is a LOT of speculation here), but it seems to me everyone has missed one simple point: Just like Nash, Doan wants to stay near his family. He wants to stay in the west. That pretty much eliminates all the teams mentioned in these posts….

  39. wenzel0232 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Love the last line. I was thinking the same thing. Hearing a little Neil Diamond in the background … Sweet Caroline(a)

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