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Report: Red Wings waiting on Doan

Jul 17, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings will sit and wait patiently while Shane Doan makes up his mind about where he wants to play next season, reports Helene St. James of the Free Press.

“He’s what they need, they won’t do anything else (other than take care of RFAs),” tweets St. James.

It’s not known how long the Wings will be forced to wait on Doan, whose agent says there’s no timeline for his client to sign with a team.

One NHL GM is “90 percent sure” Doan will remain in Phoenix.

Which begs the question, if Doan re-signs with the Coyotes, will the Red Wings look at Alex Semin? Doan and Semin are far from the same player, but the list of free-agent forwards that can put the puck in the net is a slim one.

It’s also tempting to think what Semin could do skating with Pavel Datsyuk.

  1. polegojim - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    It would be nice to have either, but won’t cry in my scotch if not.

    Wings 2012-13 season is rebuild, reload, reposition. Doing that primarily from ‘within’ is optimal.


  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I swear, anyone who suggests the Wings would consider Semin is perfectly insane. At any price, he will never play for the Wings. I don’t understand the disconnect. Holland has never signed a player like Semin….ever. And Babcock’s system and style requires something that Semin has failed at for the past 4 years. I mean, my God, this is Mike Babcock we are talking about, he would healthy scratch and cut Semin’s ice-time to 6 mins so fast it would make your head spin.

    Someone please name me the last useless without the puck, bad defending Winger Holland has singed in the past 15 years?

    Name me one winger that Holland who has gone out and picked up who has a history of questionable work ethics and heart?

    Is it because Russia wears red like the Wings and something about that makes sense? Because nothing about the Wings, and the people in charge suggests it does.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      dumb dumb dumb

    • davebabychreturns - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      I won’t spend the time thinking up a second example but when you say “useless without the puck, bad defending winger Holland has signed” I immediately think “Todd Bertuzzi.”

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Todd Bertuzzi actually finishes his checks and can perform in the playoffs. While Semin doesn’t do either of those 2 things.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      How’s it feel to know that the Wings front office hasn’t contacted Semin and has no intention of doing so?
      Lemme guess

      Babcock and Holland are dumb, and you know-nothings are smart

      Sorry to destroy your world, Semin is garbage and the Wings brass wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

    • jfullan89 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      I don’t care what he does his plus minus is better than datsyuk….people are stupid to not sign him…if he wants to float around…that’s fine cause he has been doing it the last few seasons while managing to be a plus player, third in the league at that

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        +/-??? Im guessing you put a lot of weight into pitcher wins in baseball still too huh?

        “his plus minus is better than datsyuk” Oh please attempt to say he’s as good or better than Dats because of that near meaningless that requires a ton of context stat you just foolishly yammered about.

        And people are stupid are they?
        You mean every NHL GM is stupid? Because every single one of them have not bothered to offer him to anything substantial.

        I just love this type of posting.

        “every GM who gets paid millions to run a million dollar franchise is stupid….all of them” I mean that’s what all you Semin supporters must think. No offers, just letting him sit there.
        Why is that? Why have I been right about Semin from the start? Because Im stupid and everyone in the NHL is stupid, or perhaps the it’s the other way around….
        Hmmmmmm which could it be?

  3. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    you sound like you’re panicking.

    • elrock7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Beruzzi has never been anywhere near the player he was since he ended Steve Moores career!

      He got off easy from the NHL, but he will soon pay dearly from the civil suit

  4. porkchopexpress1969 - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Looking at some of the Reports that Doan is very close to signing with the Yotes, and Semin will be go to the Pens. Leaving the Wings with a lack luster Free agency.

  5. mclovinhockey - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Perfectly insane…. Like the joker.

  6. datsyukdominates - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    If you know anything about hockey, Steve Moore had it coming to him. He can shove his ridiculous civil suit up his ass!

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      you’re saying that he had it coming to him that another player would come up from behind him after play had stopped, grab him by the back of his head, and slam his face into the ice, ending his playing career? i hope you’re not a parent…

      • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        you’re talking about a real person’s life, not an episode of the sopranos. he was an athlete….

      • creasemasta41 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:24 AM

        Not defending what bertuzzi did at all, but when i look at the video of what happened, it appears to me that the punch did damage, but the most severe damage happened from #11 on the avs (Can’t tell who it is) jumping on top of Bertuzzi and moore. Thats just my take on it, maybe bertuzzi did cause most or all of the damage on the initial punch, that we probably will never know. But just imagine if Zetterberg had sustained a concussion and broken vertebrae from Weber slaming his head into the glass, he would’ve been forever vilified, whereas now its mostly blown over. Again, not saying its not bertuzzis fault, it was one of the cheapest plays ive ever seen. But if moore had been out for a month and returned that would’ve blown over as well and nobody would think about it anymore. I guess it all depends on perspective and what did happen versus what could’ve happened, but thats just my two cents on it

    • paperkid96 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Steve Moore had a punch in the face coming, not a broken neck. I don’t try to defend Bertuzzi but the situation was far more complex than what most revisionists let on.

  7. hailchiefs - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Semin should absolutely be signed b tw Wings the second Doan is off the market.

    The guy has shown he can light the lamp and has one of the top +/- among elite forwards the past 4yrs. The claims that he is lazy and irresponsible are unfounded and blown way out of proportion. Looking back any team that doesn’t sign him will wonder why the hell not. Datsyuk+Semin would be electric!

  8. anarchist9027 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Not a Wings fan one bit, but Doan would be an awesome fit into their powerhouse of a line up

  9. howardforvezina - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM


    If you actually are smart you will give him a chance in a new setting. Ken Holland knows what he is doing and I will support what he does. Quit acting like you could be a GM its hard work.

  10. bigjer55 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    It is my opinion that Ken Holland is a very wise GM,his work with the red wings has been just great and I for one trust in his moves.I believe that signing semin would not fit detroit,s best interest at this time and feel that the rookie they signed out of the swiss league may be the best signing of all.Pavel will make him even better than he was in Europe.I know this will be a rebuilding year for Detroit,but that is the price for always having a competitive team!GO RED WINGS>

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