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Report: Red Wings are “out of Shane Doan sweepstakes”

Jul 26, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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Aaron Ward reports that Shane Doan‘s asking price is “too high” for the Detroit Red Wings.

(Perhaps those reports about an Eastern Conference team offering him a four-year deal in excess of $30 million might be accurate – or close enough – then?)

The Red Wings’ initial interest in Doan makes sense. With all apologies to Todd Bertuzzi, the team lacks a top forward who ranks as a true “power forward” in the Brendan Shanahan mold.

Adding someone like Doan might ease some of the pain of Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement and striking out on Ryan Suter, even if the Phoenix Coyotes captain wouldn’t fill that void on the blueline.

Still, in a shallow pool of free agents, the price for an aging – but valued – player like Doan might go sky-high. If Ward’s report is correct, it’s too rich for the Red Wings’ taste.

  1. soupcanxtrabeefy - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    being part of the soup can nation will turn the doaner into the boner STAY BEEFY

    • stakex - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      For that kind of money? You have have him. Paying a player a lot of money doesn’t raise their production… and Doans production is not what it once was. Now, as sad as it might be, the guy would be nothing but a waste of cap space at $7.5 million a season.

    • icdogg - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Is soup can nation in the Campbell‘s Conference?

    • elemeno89 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      someone, for the sake of god, please explain this soup can bs.

  2. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I hafta agree that his large stick on soup cans line wuld be gamechanging.
    @soupcanarmy

    • m1lla7 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      It’s sad that you have multiple accounts.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

        And personalities. I swear, each of his characters has a different personality. The only one that’s even remotely tolerable is the “letang’s hair” one, as it’s the only even semi-funny one and not overly perved/queered out.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

        It’s even sadder that he has conversations between his multiple accounts.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Zero interest in singing Doan to the ridiculous #’s and years that are rumoured

  4. stakex - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    If a team really is willing to pay Doan $30 over 4 years thats just insane, and I wouldn’t blame Detroit for running away as fast as they can with prices like that being thrown around. While its generally hard to put a value on players…. a guy like Doan is not worth $7.5 million a year for the next four seasons. Hes a solid power forward, but hes definatlly on the downside of his career. Last season, playing with a fairly good Phonix team, he only put up 22 goals and 50 points. Somewhat solid numbers, but a clear sign of fallout in production compared to his career numbers.

    Even if you think hes worth $7ish million next year, he REALLY won’t be worth that in three or four seasons. What ever team is making that offer, if the rumor is true, has sme serious money management issues. I just hope like hell its the Pens… always love to see rival teams waste huge sums of money in the cap era.

    • polegojim - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      100% True – too many teams pay HUGE dollars for free agents and rarley is there a commensurate return… in any sport.

  5. rushledger - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    5 million a year is as high as I’d go for Shane Doan and I’m a fan of his he’s not the kind of guy you wanna see get overpaid because that would take away from how good a player he is if he always had to do more.

    • stakex - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Thats a great point. When players are paid more then they are worth, they end up looking like they aren’t playing as well as they should be.

      Look at Gomez (before he hit rock botton in Montreal) and Drury for the Rangers. They were given tonnes of money in 2007, far more then they were worth, and people for some reason expected they would see a huge spike in production. When they both put up numbers pretty much in line with career numbers for their first two years in NY, they were considered under perfomring failures becasue what they were being paid. The problem wasn’t their performance, it was that they were over paid.

      It would be quite a shame to see that happen with Doan, which is exactlly what would happen with that contract. Then again, its hard to feel too bad for a guy making $30 million over four years.

  6. ravenscaps48 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    This team will be a 6,7,8th seed.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      Probably. I highly doubt Phoenix wins the division this year. They still have a fairly nasty D, though. Pretty accurate prediction, I think.

  7. chazxcore - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I honestly believe that the 4 year/30 million “offer” was just put out there to scare teams off or if it was true, it wasn’t done by one of the top teams in the East. I don’t think any of the top teams would be stupid enough to offer a 35 year old (36 in October) that amount of money especially with the pending CBA.

  8. jernster21 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    The price on Doan is automatically going to be high considering that’s the only way to lure him away from Phoenix (assuming he doesn’t see any stability in the way of ownership here soon) and considering Phoenix has 20 players under contract with ~10m left to even get to the cap floor they have a lot of money to throw at him. The more enticing thing to Doan won’t be the money so much as the term and I think he’d get more term from any other team than he would in Phoenix.

  9. uscthom78 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Gott sei dank!

    • handsofsweed - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Well, puff, puff, give then, dude.

  10. claysbar - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Whether on purpose or by accident, there are going to be some teams, Pens, Philly, Detroit, Caps, Kings, Rangers that are going to be good this year but are also going to be set cap wise for next year, a year with much bigger potential F/A potential than this year was. I think most of the teams above would be better with Doan, but not worth the “going price” that’s out there for him. If any team could have him for 5-6 for 2-3, it’s worth it, if not, move on.

    • claysbar - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Sorry for the double potential, power word calendar…

  11. coconutman1 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I read somewhere that the wings might wait until the new CBA is signed to make any big moves this summer. I’ve been frustrated with them getting left behind with some free agents (Parise, Semin, Doan now), and others just choosing other places (Suter). However, I think this strategy is very smart, as many people are currently overpaying for players, it’s only going to become more pronounced when a new CBA arrives, at which point the wings can swoop in and make some good deals for players. Not sure how well it will work, but it’s hope, and that’s all I’m looking for this summer. If we can’t pull anything off though, I think our kids will be able to step it up and keep us afloat.

  12. redwingsfan999 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    The only other options I see the wings having on offense is 2 trade franzen and nyquist 4 bobby Ryan. And on defense we should either sign barker or trade filppula 4 Keith yandle

    • claysbar - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      I’d say leave the O go, it’s good but not great. The biggest thing the Wings are gonna need are D minutes. Sign a guy like Hannan or Rozsíval, if not both. They are nothing but solid. I don’t buy the Wings are gonna lose it all because Lid’s is gone.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Franzen who had 29 goals/56 points in 77 games (at 3.95 cap hit) for…
      plus
      Nyquist who had 1 goal/7 points in 18 games (at 838k cap hit)

      Ryan who had 31 goals/57 points in 82 games (at 5.1 cap hit)?

      Not so much.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Franzen who had 29 goals/56 points in 77 games (at 3.95 cap hit)
      plus
      Nyquist who had 1 goal/7 points in 18 games (at 838k cap hit)
      for
      Ryan who had 31 goals/57 points in 82 games (at 5.1 cap hit)?

      Not so much.

  13. falvoja - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I believe I’m Ken Holland

  14. falvoja - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I believe in Ken Holland*

  15. moturnovers24 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Good the red wings r out hope nyr gets him too

  16. buffalosportsfan711 - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    The one thing that I never understood about the anonymous East coast team with the $30 million for 4 years offer was that at the time that rumor began the only east coast team that actually gave Doan a formal offer were the Buffalo Sabres. The rumor began around the time Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that he made a formal offer to Doan and his agents and days before Pittsburg made their formal offer ( Pittsburg being the second east coast team to make a formal offer). By knowing this info and basic common sense, the offer had to have come from Buffalo (if the rumor is even true), so why does everyone continue to ask who made the offer? its pretty obvious isn’t it? Plus Buffalo is probably one of the only teams that has an owner who has no problem shelling out that kind of money just to convince him to sign with them. Over payment is the only way Shane Doan would even think about considering the Sabres and the higher ups all know it. The question of whether this offer was a good idea is an entirely different topic all together.

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  18. bhawksrule - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Anyone else getting so sick of Shane Doan articles?
    Pick a god damn team already , you’re not that good.

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