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Columnist claims Doan’s list is down to three teams

Aug 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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The New York Post’s Larry Brooks provides a surprising take/update on Shane Doan‘s situation: his list is down to three teams – and the Phoenix Coyotes aren’t on it.

Brooks follows an argument about the New York Rangers’ depth needs with some unexpected statements about Doan’s intentions.

That’s why the Rangers remain keenly interested in signing free agent winger Shane Doan, who will turn 36 in early October and is seeking a four-year deal as he confronts the separation issues that will accompany his departure from Phoenix, his home for the last 16 years.

Doan, who understandably wants this to be the last move he makes, is believed to have narrowed his sights on Manhattan, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. It’s unclear if Rangers general manager Glen Sather is willing to go four years, but if he does, Doan is more likely than not to become a Blueshirt.

Considering all that Doan has said about sticking with Phoenix – and the many admissions from suitors that his first choice is the Coyotes – Brooks’ claim is surprising.

(The most interesting phrase is “will accompany his departure …”)

Perhaps the real takeaway is that the Rangers, Penguins and Canucks represent Doan’s “Plan B” if he does “depart” from Phoenix as Brooks predicts.

Then again, one might counter that Doan’s private interest to stay with the Coyotes doesn’t match his public claims. The amount of time he’s given his first and only franchise strengthens his statements, though.

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He wants four-years, about $30M to “depart”

  1. hitem396 - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    losing fans, losing captain, goodbye dessert after all! welcome to seattle?

    • jpelle82 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      dont think the fans in phoenix are worried about losing their cake and ice cream after dinner…after all! desert only has one “s”.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Vive les Nordiques

  2. quizguy66 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    “Larry Brooks” should be put in all such article titles so I can file it appropriately.

    -QG

  3. rockthered1286 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    A NY columnist suggesting Doan is most likely to end up in NY? Go figure.

    • ron05342 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      yup…a real shocker.

  4. bhawksrule - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    ANOTHER Doan article?

    No one cares anymore guys!

  5. mickboogy - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Go to van Doan. Team needs a huge boost of toughness and leadership

  6. namriverrat69 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    There had been some talk the Kings were interested. That was just filler for the article.

    • ron05342 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      That was quite some time ago, and Doan gave his usual “yeah I might be interested in going to (insert team name here)” canned statement.

      I don’t think the Kings are going to pay him 4 years, $30 million. Most people seem to think he is more in the $5.5 million, two years range…that’s quite a bit of disparity from what Doan thinks his value is, and what teams may think his value is.

      • ron05342 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        I should clarify that is $5.5 million per year, instead of what he is asking, which is reportedly $7.5 million per year.

  7. rabidbillsfan - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I do not understand this whole Doan thing at all. First, I think he is asking for way to much money. Second, how does he provide leadership to a new team? He was a captain in a city where he spent his whole career, he knows those players and knows thier personalities. He would be a secondary voice on all of the teams listed above. He’s turning 36, and just because he wants a 4-year deal doens’t mean he will play it out, or continue to stay healthy during that stretch. Personally, the gamble isn’t worth it. Darcy just spoke up about Doan to please the clueless “fans” in Buffalo. Doan is just looking to ride on the curtails of a contender.

    • braddavery - Aug 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Maybe he should just retire then, since you are implying that he brings no real value to any team. Nice dig on Buffalo fans too. As if they have ANYTHING to do with the situation. Real classy.

  8. filthadelphiadivers - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    @rabidbillsfan

    Agree with every point you make. He wants way too much. A 2 year deal or 3 max would make more sense. And definitely not at 7.5 mil. 6.5 max. I see him ending up in Vancouver if anywhere, just because of his connection to Vancouver. Plus it makes more sense he played his entire career in the west that he would sty there.

  9. hockeyfan763 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    4 yrs 30 million is way too much. Considering how well Sather waited out Howson on the Nash deal, Doan has no shot at that kind of money from the Rangers. Although, I think the 4 yrs is more problematic than the money.( see Wade Redden)

  10. Doesnotmatter - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Who keeps thumbing down “the guy is too old for a 4 year contract” comments? Because he is. And 7.5 million? Really? That’s 3 million more than his last year’s salary. Shane, you are 35 years old, not 25. Check your drivers license if you don’t believe me.

  11. rabidbillsfan - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    @braddavery

    Are you a Buffalo fan? Becasue I am, and I have no problem calling out the other fans in Buffalo. Most are clueless. Go back through the majority of Doan articles, and you will see atleast 3 Buffalo fans stating that Regier needs to make this move, and if not he should be fired. Or that Buffalo has a recruiting problem because guys like Doan won’t play in Buffalo. Well, I have news for you, I don’t want Doan, even if he was asking league minimum. ( ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration.) This roster is not a superstar away from being a cup contender, they are a solid consistent season away from a cup contention. How many teams that “Win” the offseason win the cup? This team has tons of chemistry, why mess with it for an over the hill, glorified grinder, whose asking for the world. Trade for Ryan? I can get behind that, but signing Doan would be the worst move since letting Briere and Drury walk. Who cares if I’m classy, I don’t, I want my team to win, and most of the other crap I read from Buffalo fans like “TerryPegula” and “Billsmafia” is some of the most illogical garbage coming from any commentor on this site. Whats really funny is their handles, #Buffalomafia was coined this season, and Pegula has been here for 2, where were these guys during the 2-14 season? Or the Non-Playoff season’s of the Sabres? You obviously don’t know Buffalo, so stay the heck out of my “Digs” at my fellow “fans”.

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