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Report: Doan visits Canucks brass in Vancouver

Aug 1, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

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According to various reports (see here and here), Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has continued his summer free agent tour with a stop in Vancouver to meet with Canucks management.

It’s not surprising that Doan, 35, decided to visit given his ties to the area and organization. His wife, Andrea, is a native of nearby Kamloops — the same WHL city in which Doan played junior hockey and is now a part owner.

Doan is also familiar with Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman. Gilman was with the Winnipeg/Phoenix organization for 13 years prior to joining Vancouver in 2008 — Gilman also happens to be the Canucks’ chief negotiator of all player contracts.

Vancouver is Doan’s third stop of the summer, having already visited both the Philadepha Flyers and New York Rangers.

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  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    does he get the air fares and free lunch? what an economic way to explore the continent.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Because he hasn’t already explored North American cities with NHL teams before? Have you flown lately? TSA and Customs makes sure it’s not a pleasurable experience.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Call it a hunch, but I see this as the most likely place he’ll end up outside Phoenix.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Not sure if they will offer the $$$ that the Pens or Flyers are offering but ya I tend to agree

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Maybe not the money but don’t rule out the family influence. We’ve seen it work out that way twice this summer already.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Well ya, that’s why I agree that he will end up there

    • lonespeed - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      While we’re at it…I think the Minnesota Wild are probably the least likely. Just sayin.

  3. davebabychreturns - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    There’s no way the Canucks can match the kind of crazy money (reportedly) being offered up by other teams. I mean they can match the money, but they can’t manipulate the cap hit enough to make it work with their structure, even if they dealt Luongo for scraps.

    So if he truly is drawn to the city and the team, Shane will have to decide whether he is truly ready to move on from the Coyotes organization, even if it does not mean the kind of payday a player his age just can’t say “no” to.

    Don’t get me wrong – he’d be the perfect acquisition for this team.. coming out of the offseason with an upgrade on defense (Garrison), an upgrade in the top six (Doan) and a nice jolt to the organization’s depth (whatever’s coming back in the Luongo trade) would be ideal for the Canucks.

  4. thomaspratt - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    If Doan is said to be drawn to Vancouver because he co-owns the Kamloops Blazers, why is no one talking up Dallas as a potential destination? The new owner in Dallas is one of Doan’s co-owners in Kamloops. Dallas isn’t that far from Phoenix, and the Stars have done a good job adding vets this summer. The Stars have been pretty competitive the last two seasons.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      I think the “his wife is a local” thing is the rationale du jour when it comes to predicting where free agents end up, even if Tom Gagliardi owns a team along with Doan he can’t do much about the fact that Dallas is not particularly close to Phoenix or anywhere else the Doans have roots.

      Of course, as I intimated earlier I suspect that Doan is looking for a contract that justifies leaving Phoenix and no team with regional connections to his family is likely to offer the kind of money we’ve heard is being promised.

  5. katolungile - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Happy wife, happy life…

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