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Doan’s agent is “pretty sure” his client will visit Pittsburgh

Jul 22, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins controls the puck in front of Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes on December 20, 2010 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(December 19, 2010 - Source: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Unrestricted free agent Shane Doan has been operating under his own timetable this summer. Presumably, he’s still interested in re-signing with Phoenix, but he’s begun to actively explore his other options.

In that spirit, Doan recently met with the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

It’s not clear where he’ll go next, but it sounds like the Pittsburgh Penguins will get a chance to court him.

“Shane is going to visit a couple more teams,” Doan’s agent, Terry Bross said, accord to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m pretty sure Pittsburgh will be one of them. He is interested in the Pens.”

Doan would provide the Penguins with a winger for Sidney Crosby, a physical presence, and a team leader. If he decides to leave Phoenix, Pittsburgh would provide Doan with a shot at winning the Stanley Cup that’s alluded him his entire career. He’ll turn 36 in October and has played in just 55 playoff games. That being said, the competition for his services will be fierce and it should include several potential Cup contenders.

  1. ahhhyeah - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    This would be a great spot for Doan if he chooses to leave Pheonix. Will be interesting to see if Shero can pull it off though, he hasn’t been able to get big agents lately despite what Pittsburgh brings to the table.

  2. broadstbully33 - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    what exactly does pity bring to the table besides a cheap shot franchise, a crybaby, and shrek? stay in phoenix, they have a stronger fanbase

    • crosberries - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Who’s a pity? That makes no sense and it’s so funny that your calling Pittsburgh a “cheap shot” franchise when your sn is broadstreetbully. Crawl back in your troll hole loser.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Boy, the fact that the Pens have completely fixed their financial situation with a new arena, a massive, severely addicted fanbase, a multi-billionaire for an owner and a 0% chance of ever being in distress ever again must really upset you, “bully.” But, hey, you’ll learn to accept it and live with it, just like the pain of having lived your entire life so far without ever seeing an orange-clad skater holding a big, silver cup. Unless you are a minimum of roughly 42 yrs old, that is. Maybe someday, you’ll experience the joy of watching it 3 times like I have. Trust me, it’s amazing.

    • fbothharbaughs - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      How ’bout the opportunity to win a championship more than every 35 years or so?

  3. windmiller4 - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Seems like despite what all the philly fans will inevitably say thanks to looking at things through orange tinted glasses, Pittsburgh appears to be a very good landing spot giving him a very real chance at the cup. A winger for crosby, a valuable team leader, and a goalie who isn’t bryzgalov. Who knows what will happen and where he will go, but if its not Phoenix my moneys on the Pens.

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      its very similar both ways, a winger for Giroux, possibly the best D in the league might end up there, better O and players who he already knows are on the team. Honestly, I think he signs with the rangers though if he leaves phx.

      • bildomatic - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        That Philly offense may look a lot different when this Weber situation is resolved…. A lot of people saying a side trade may be in the works for Nashville not to match if Coburn or Grossman is tossed in with Couturier and their 1st rd pick from this season. Add that to the fact JVR was shipped out and I think I’d rather be on a PP with Sid, Geno, Neal and LeTang

  4. ahhhyeah - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    They are a contender that needs a top six forward, thats why they are a good landing spot. But really any other team pushing for a cup could use him, that includes New York and Philly. That said I agree that he should stay in Pheonix, as that’s the only franchise he ha
    s pkayed for.

    • ahhhyeah - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Has played for*

    • windmiller4 - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      We could have a ray bourque situation here with doan a life long coyote going somewhere else in his final year to win that elusive cup. No matter where he plays all the luck to him, he deserves to win

      • ahhhyeah - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM

        Agreed. He’s defiantly a great player and person, ill cheer for him where ever he goes.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM

        Absolutely. I’d tip my cap to him even if he won it with the Flyers.

  5. murtdurt - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    ‘Cheap shot franchises’ win the cup more than twice—and do it more regularly then every 4 decades.

  6. philly4lyfe - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    You think he’d choose pitt over Philly because they have a goalie that isn’t bryz? 1) look at maf’s stats in the playoffs last year vs bryz’s and see whose were better (and which of them made it past the 1st round). 2) how many seasons did doan get a first hand look at bryz being a vezina finalist?

    Yup, I’m sure that’ll scare him away from Philly for sure.

    • ahhhyeah - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      It was the Pens sudden defensive collapse more than Fleury’s play that cost Pittsburgh that series. Bryz gave up more soft goals than Fleury did in that series, its just that Philly’s offense and defensive play eventually bailed Bryz out.

  7. broadstbully33 - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    after that series pitts entire front office was embarrassed by the amount of cheapshot shots and dirty plays by pity and crybaby being crybaby. oh and pulling hair. lol what a pity

    • claysbar - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      At least they didn’t bite anyone…..

  8. lloydpricessister - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    broadstreetbully is another sad case of the scumbag air flowing through the philthadelphian population affecting the brain. the poor guy will never see his dirty team raise the stanley cup which is pretty pathetic. @SoupCanArmy is spoiled in winning. CITY OF CHAMPIONS

  9. ahhhyeah - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Come on, its not like the Flyers are never dirty, there was cheap play from both those teams that series.

    • claysbar - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Agreed, every team dives, every team takes shots when the ref isn’t looking.

  10. scionofflame - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I don’t care which team he chooses, to be honest. I’d just like to see Doan get a chance to win a Cup. Guy is a class act and he deserves it.

  11. jacketsfan7 - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Lets go pens! Doan come to the burgh!

  12. murtdurt - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Funny how flyers fans are so quick to point out sid being a ‘crybaby’ but forgot about their own superstars high flying elbows. They also seem to forget about the part where he hasn’t won anything in the league so until then…I’d quite down troll boy

  13. mojosmagic - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    What elbows Murt? Last time I checked it was Pen players who played out of control and were suspended. Even your owner agreed. Anyway I don’t believe a real man like Doan will want to change Crosby’s diapers.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      He might though because Crosby has a habit of crapping out silver (stanley cup) and gold (medal) from time to time.

  14. blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM


    On the one hand, you can’t blame Doan for wanting get his hands on the Cup before it’s all “said and and done” … after all, he’s a decent enough guy, he’s been committed to his team and he’s always carried himself well. Nonetheless, it could also be argued that his actions today, are no different than some aged, albeit “still” attractive housewife, who’s come to the realization that her days as an “item” are winding down and therefore she “takes to the town” in search of young company for “self” reassurance. Personally I tend to side with the notion of “gutting it out” until the end, come hell or high water. In my case that’s proven to be the right course of action, as after 39 years as a “devoted” fan, this year “my” Los Angeles Kings finally reached the “high ground” and destroyed the field in detail ! :) So I don’t know about this Doan business, other than the fact that his “adulterous” posturing has now likely closed the door in terms of remaining with “that which he served” for the past 16 years ?

  15. matto8929 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    it’d be like how Philly got Jagr last year meaning it added depth. philly’s depth beat Pitt last year in playoffs.

  16. windycityfan629 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    this comments board really proves that no one likes philly

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      As they shouldn’t

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