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Report: Pittsburgh makes offer to Shane Doan

Jul 16, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

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Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Penguins have made a contract offer to UFA forward Shane Doan.

Anderson didn’t obtain either the terms or dollar amount being offered, but did say the longtime Phoenix Coyote has a “mutual interest” in Pittsburgh.

It’s not entirely surprising that Pittsburgh wants Doan. The Pens have been actively searching for a winger to play with Sidney Crosby and, after losing out on the Zach Parise sweepstakes, have discussed with a number of the “Plan B” free agents — including Washington’s Alex Semin.

The wildcard in Doan talks? What kind of money GM Ray Shero put on the table. The Penguins have just under $10 million in available cap space and have no glaring roster holes to fill, meaning they could make a pretty lucrative pitch to the 35-year-old.

That’s key, because a report out of Arizona last week said a mystery team from the Eastern Conference offered Doan a four-year, $30 million-plus deal.

Related: Doan’s agent says July 16 deadline is “off the table”

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    It won’t be the 4 year 30 mil. They need to give Malkin and Letang deals. They would not spend that much on Doan.

    • icdogg - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      I bet it is

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      But all the Pittsburgh fans wanted both Parise and Suter for $110 mil each? Now they’re worried about signing Malkin and Legang?

      • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        not this fan

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Or this one.

      • Eberwizzle - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        Yep…the biggest losers in the Suter/Parise sweepstakes is…..Minnesota. Two good players for 220 million?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:51 AM

        I guess some are missing the point that the Pens were willing to spend that money on those other players without worrying about finding money to get others signed.

    • ge2072 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      I am hopint it was the capitals who made the offer to Doan, he would be a great fit.

      • ge2072 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        oops hoping

  2. howardforvezina - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    The Wings are much more likely to sign Doan than the trash can army.

    • crosberries - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      I love the hate. Don’t get the hate if your a bad team. Bring it on.

      • dannymac17 - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        yea both your teams did great in the stanley cup finals.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    I actually think the Canucks have more of an advantage of signing Doan than the wings.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Doan to the Pens makes the most sense from a purely hockey standpoint but it’s hard to say if wanting to be in Western Canada/US will be the main factor in his decision.

    Given that he only has a few years left I think he should go to where he’ll have a great shot at winning i.e. not back to Phoenix.

    • dsd3 - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Pretty sure the Coyotes got a lot further than the Pens last year. Just saying.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        This is true. But, whether people want to admit it or not, everyone knows the Pens are way better than the team that got embarrassed by and embarrassed themselves against Philly.

      • dsd3 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        With Pittsburgh’s awful goaltending and lack of team defense, I have to disagree. Phoenix is playing the same defense-first style of hockey right now that most of the teams that made it to the later rounds of the playoffs are playing. The Pens just want to outscore you. With Marc-Andre Fleury in net, that’s not going to be a winning strategy.

        And like it or not, Fleury has been positively embarrassing in the playoffs since their Cup run. Historically bad numbers.

      • sucram00494 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        @dsd3, super good point. Pens fans are under the delusion that their first round loss was some kind of fluke. They have sub par defense and their netminder is suspect.

  5. buddysguys - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM


    • ltcpain75 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      With Buffalo is not where Doan wants to end his career. He’s after a ring bud.

      • buddysguys - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        after a ring??? Then why has he been in Phoenix his whole career??? clown comment bro….

      • anarchist9027 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Like hes gunna win a cup in Pittsburgh? The whole team relies on “Crybaby” Crosby, If they were smart, they would demote Crosby and make Malkin their captain. One knock on the head and he’s in the locker room crying to his mommy how he got cheap shotted in the head. They can barely make it out of their own division quarter finals regardless of the one cup in 08. You can bash the Sabres all you want, it just shows what kind of real scumbag you are. After all, Buffalo is where players do want to go after all. Go ask Steve Ott and Christian Erhoff. Players have extreme anticipation playing in Buffalo. They only want to go to Pittsburgh because they 1) Think they have a chance because they have top scorers, 2) The money (obviously), 3) The hype. Money cannot buy a cup. Go ask the flyers

      • buddysguys - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        ask Regehr too i believe he waived his no trade clause to come here…not saying he is a top player but he damn sure is respected around the NHL

      • sizzle299 - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Great comment anarchist…..the Pens are a joke among players and fans, at least those lucky enough to live outside that the worst city in the midwest (PA doesn’t want you!). No one wants to play there because, as an entire organization, they lack sportsmanship and get no respect. When a player you drafted walks to take the SAME DEAL with a teams that underachieves…… it tells you something. When a coach, after getting embarrassed in the first round, goes out of his way to say he does not wish the team that won good luck…… it tells you something. When a team rewards an immature doosh bag (who had a temper tantrum so misdirected he swatted another player’s glove after a scrum was over and then wussed out of every fight) with a lifetime contract….it tells you something. Do I need to go on? Because you can’t argue these facts. Doan will not be a Penguin if he has any self respect.

      • screamingyeti - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Yeah you might wanna leave when you are stuck behind the top 2 centers in the league, and your playing time is severly reduced cause of it.

        Dont mention the fact that he wasnt going to sign anywhere but carolina to play with his brother.

        You need to take your head out of your butt and talk about things you know Sizzle, like counting to 3, i heard you are still having trouble moving on to the number 4

      • mmmpierogi - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        @ Sizzle …

        Please, go on — give me more of your amazing facts.

        Regarding Staal — From a career standpoint, he’s now playing in a smaller pond. Had he stayed, he’d have spent the next ten years in the shadows of Cosby and Malkin. Assuming you have a job that you value at all, would you want to spend the rest of your career working within an organization where you’re all but guaranteed to never advance, particularly when you’re as young as Staal still is? Further, he has family in the Hurricanes system (Eric, Jared). Double bonus for him.

        Regarding Bylsma’s comments following the Flyers series, you’re aware that there is a rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers, correct? Further, you’re aware that, aside from the Flyers winning, it was a pretty heated series, correct? Given that, what do you think he’s going to do in that situation — run up and give everyone on the Flyers roster and staff a post-loss hug? In the same sentence that he didn’t wish them luck, he explicitly congratulated the Flyers on winning the series – that’s enough in my books. If you’re soft enough to get bent out of shape because he doesn’t wish a rival team good luck after a series like that one, that’s on you – I doubt most Flyers fans lost sleep over it.

        Regarding Cosby, there’s nothing to stick up for. The guy has more talent than anyone who plays for whatever team you’re into. There’s uncertainty in signing him for the duration they did, but that’s really all you can say about it.

        Also, having lived in the Midwest for five years during graduate school and bounced around that area (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois), Pittsburgh’s about as “Midwestern” as Baltimore is southern — it’s definitely in a transition area, but that’s about it. If you want to get technical about it, it makes more sense to call it the worst city in the northern chunk of Appalachia (which makes it somewhat ironic that the rest of PA would be so eager to eschew Pittsburgh, given that northern Appalachia encompasses all of PA sans the southeastern quarter, as well as NY’s southern tier).

      • sucram00494 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        @Itcapain75 your right on in saying hes after a ring. So why the heck would he be thinking about going to the Pens?

  6. jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    well the speculated 4 yr 30 mill puts the pens right at their cap and their offseason work would be done…if that is the real offer. i said it before, he would be perfect with crosby, and the pens should definitely go for doan over semin. this makes sense, he would have time to get a cup and ride off into the alberta sunset. he has played 16-17 seasons i think, its hard to believe he could make it another 4 years in the league and play well enough to justify 7.5 mill a year though at his age and state of wear. i would hope for maybe a 2 yr offer from the pens

    • dsd3 - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      The Coyotes got a lot closer than Pittsburgh last year to winning the Cup, so I’m not sure why he’d want to go to Pittsburgh.

      • sucram00494 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        Exactly he wants to win a cup. Going to Pittsburgh takes him a step in the wrong direction.

  7. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    What is this? Does the SCA really want this geriatric?

    • 28giroux28 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Well, being that they made an offer, I would assume so.

  8. ironcity6pak - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    They have the money to offer him 30 mill. 87 contract doesn’t kick in till 2014 and the cap hit will stay the same. They have plenty of cash to get malkin and letang contracts.

  9. hockeyfan1701 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    If the Pens feel they have to get him….please make it at most a 2 year deal. He has already said he wants to stay in the West so I doubt this will happen.

  10. pgpcbuild - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    LOL, no glaring roster holes to fill? You mean other than probably getting some good D-Men.

    I don’t think Fleury is the issue, I think it’s the fact that they have a solid defense…

    • pgpcbuild - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Think they have a solid defense***

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Two things:

      1) The Pens aren’t going to spend on the blue line in free agency – they had a lot of young talent on the blue line coming up this year. Expect guys like Despres, Strait, Bortuzzo, and Morrow to be in the NHL on a consistent basis this year with Orpik, Letang, Niskanen, and Martin.

      2) Even if they did want to spend money in FA, who would they go after? What defensemen are out there who are worth the Pens extending an offer to?

      You’re correct that Fleury wasn’t completely to blame, although having Vokun there to take more pressure off will certainly help. But as it stands they don’t need to make moves on the defensive side of the ice as long as these kids can continue their current trajectories.

      I think Doan would be a nice add to the locker room who could score 30+ with Sid. Get it done Shero.

      • bildomatic - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Where does the recently aquired Brian Dumoulin fit into the Pens plans? He signed with Carolina just before the Staal trade meaning he won’t be returning to Boston College where he was twice the Hockey East Defensive Defenseman of the year while also chippng in 80+pts over 3 seasons and being a 1st team AA. I just never seem to hear his name in the mix for a roster spot this year? Being from the NE area I watched him in JRs as well as BC and he’s got good size and ran the PP for BC this past season, just curious if the Pens fans had any insight on where he lands this season?

      • crosberries - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        I’m assuming in the minors. It’s pretty rare for a defensive player to come straight from college to the pros they usually need more time to get used to the speed of the game. You don’t want someone’s confidence level falling to an all time low when you can take the time to bring them up slow. Hell appreciate it more in the long run.

      • claysbar - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        Not sure what Maata is gonna wind up being like but I really think a lot sooner than later, the addition of Dumoulin in the deal is going to make the Staal trade more one sided towards the Pens. I really think that kid is gonna be a beast. I think it would be very easy to project him to a top 2 pairing, replacing the likes of an Orpik. I just really hope they don’t flip him in a package for a forward at some point without giving him a good look.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        Dumolin was playing on a line with Joe Morrow (one of the Pens other really solid defensive prospects) at the camp last week and they both caught rave reviews. I think he’ll spend most of his time at Wilkes-Barre this year unless some injuries force their hand. With that said there is a little bit of a log jam ahead of him.

        To claybars point – I think we’re starting to say Shero’s philosophy over the last few years begin to take shape. Lock up frontline talent and then rotate in young defensemen. I would expect Letang to be the only guy on the Pens back line who gets any sort of an extension, and then over the next 5-7 years we’ll see guys like Despres, Bortuzzo, Morrow, Dumolin, Puliout, Matta, and Strait rotate in behind them.

      • bildomatic - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Thanks for the insight guys, I’d agree he could probably use some seasoning in the AHL for awhile to get used to the pro game, but the log jam of young prospects there could also be an obstacle. Looks like he will join another NH Jr Monarchs Alum Paul Thompson in Wilkes-Barre next season!

  11. rockthered1286 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    What happened to “Doan wants to stay in the West”? I hope he does, just so I can say 3 top FA’s turned down Pittsburgh this off season, regardless of money and playing with Cindy.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      what do you gain by saying that exactly?

      • yinzgotsix - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:08 PM


    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Haven’t exactly seen FA tripping over themselves to play with Ovi and Backstrom either.

      • yinzgotsix - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        Has Mcphee pursued free agents like Shero?

  12. comeonnowguys - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    So he would move from a team destined for Quebec to a team destined for Kansas City?

  13. desertfan - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM


  14. billobrienschindimple - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    @ bildomatic

    Dumolin just finished up a nice week at prospect camp. He was named as one of the 3 stars of the final scrimmage by a couple of media members.

    I expect he will be battling with the other young D-men in camp. Ultimately I see him starting out at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a view to a callup if it is warranted.

    • mickeyb21 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      I also expect him to be in Wilkes-Barre because the Pens have too many D-men that would have to clear waivers. I think Strait, Despres (doesn’t have to clear waivers), and Bortuzzo are all ahead of him. Don’t know if Morrow is staying in the WHL or moving to the AHL/NHL. Not to mention Lovejoy and Engelland already on one-way contracts. If Dumoulin has a great camp, I guess anything can happen though.

      • claysbar - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        Everything I’m reading makes it sound like Morrow is probably AHL bound. Not sure if they are gonna walk away from Bortuzzo or not. I thought they were gonna with Strait until he resigned today.

      • mickeyb21 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        @claysbar I think that there might be a trade situation like with Letestu last year. They do not just want to let an RFA walk for nothing. I hope they learned the Nick Johnson last year not to lose guys on waivers. Based on Strait’s play last year, I expect him in the NHL, Pens or not. Bortuzzo was decent so I would say the same with him as well. As for Morrow, I was not sure if he was eligible for the AHL yet because I know that Harrington was staying with in London. If he is AHL bound, that is great for the Pens. He is one guy I am really looking forward to seeing.

      • claysbar - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        I just hope Lovejoy and Engelland go somewhere they get some playing time. Lovejoy stepped in pretty nice considering he didn’t play often and Engelland actually looked pretty good considering how his career had been playing out.

      • mickeyb21 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        Engelland I see them wanting to keep just because he can fight and brings a physical edge when certain games need it. I also remember him playing well when Letang was out and he stepped up in minutes. Lovejoy just seems like he is that number 7 or 8 guy. He has looked over his head the last two playoff series. I can see Edmonton or another team needed d-men wanting a guy with NHL experience.

      • claysbar - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        Gotta agree with ya on that.

  15. needacuporlombardi - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    buffalo is the team that made the offer for 4yr/30 mil..

  16. jacketsfan7 - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Come on pens get Doan!

  17. williplett - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    yinzgotsix is a Ho Mo Pho BE!

    Total troll stuff and he knows nothing about hockey, as well.

    • williplett - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      That’s right, pal. I’m going to constantly find new ways to make your time here weird because you are an unsavory character who hates perfectly good Americans for an unjust reason and you brought your dogma into a place where I talk about hockey.

      Smile and say ooops…

      • yinzgotsix - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        I’m smiling but i’ll never say ooops willipuss. I’m just ecstatic you’ll be teaching me about hockey.

      • yinzgotsix - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        I see you’re really upset about something. Maybe we could talk about it over coffee if it wouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience.

    • yinzgotsix - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      williplett is a Co Ck Suc Ker!

      He loves all of you and he wants in your pants, as well.

  18. dkphilly1122 - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    As a Flyer’s fan, i have to add this to the guy who said Buffalo is where FA’s wanna go. Ott and who else signed in Buffalo?? Nobodies that will never be anything. Nobody wants to go to Buffalo if they wanna chance to win a cup anytime soon. As much as I don’t like the Pens, and they don’t like us, I give them the fact GOOD FA’s sign there and here in Philly, because both of our teams have a chance yearly, unlike Buffalo.

    • needacuporlombardi - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      pittsburgh has a chance yearly but philly is a complete joke..they have no chance of winning the cup this year nor the next..parise said no to u guys and i bet buffalo would win a cup before philly does

      • 28giroux28 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        As I recall, Philly had a better attempt this year than the Pens.

    • anarchist9027 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      For real tho, Parisi passed up a deal worth more than Crosbys to play for the Flyers… What does that tell you, that he is a stupid idiot? NO. He has morals and does not want to play for on of the dirtiest and scummiest team in the Eastern Conference. Sure he took the deal in Minnesota to play near his family but just remember, he passed up on you guys so who wants to come to Philly to play? NO ONE

      • 28giroux28 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        Except for Shea Webber.

  19. puckyouall - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    You are all forgetting about the best athlete available. The Flying Frenchman, Doush LeBagg. Greatest player that ever lived. None of you are worthy of his talents. He will be playing in the Hung Arian League. Go ahead and be jealous.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      LeBagg’s linemates?

      Rene Bidet and Thierry Tampoun.

  20. joewilliesshnoz - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Welcome to Pittsburgh Shane, hope your thirsty !

  21. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    @dsd3 he’d want to go to Pittsburgh so he can play with Sid , they’d do great together and with Geno’s line and having Sid play with Shane then the pens would be a serious cup contender

  22. purpleguy - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    We’ll all now have to listen to how there is no other legitimate place to play but Pitt where he will be worshipped by the soupcan army and win multiple Stanley Cups — and then when he signs elsewhere, how he’s a greedy, overpaid, over-rated player who’s going to a team that will never win or otherwise be relevant.

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