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Report: Sabres offer Shane Doan four-year, $30M deal

Aug 21, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

ESPN’s John Buccigross reports that the Buffalo Sabres are offering Shane Doan the lucrative deal he’s been asking for.

Most specifically, Buccigross says the offer would be for four-years and around $30 million. Doan is 35, so it would be a 35+ contract if that rule carries over in the next CBA.

The Phoenix Coyotes obviously want to retain Doan’s services, but term could be an issue if Buccigross’ tweet is correct:

After “Pegulamania” ran wild last summer with big contracts for Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino, it seemed like Buffalo was keen to take a more measured approach this offseason.

Doan would fit in with the beef-up-Buffalo campaign, however.

GM Darcy Regier signed tough guy John Scott and traded Derek Roy for agitator Steve Ott to make the Sabres “more difficult to play against” next season. Adding Doan to the mix would continue that trend.

If Doan accepts that deal, he’d register a team-high $7.5 million cap hit, more than Thomas Vanek‘s hefty $7.14 million mark.

That would also push the Sabres close to the current, possibly temporary cap ceiling of $70.2 million.

For what it’s worth, Craig Custance listed Buffalo among the three teams that would sweat a dropping salary cap the most even without a Doan deal.


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  1. sjsharks66 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    And this is why we are having a possible lockout.

    • travishenryskid - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Actually, the reason there is going to be a lockout is because of bad franchises and bad markets. If every NHL franchise had an owner like Pegula and fan support like Buffalo, the NHL would be on par with the NFL and none of this would be a problem.

      • somekat - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        They would be in better shape, they would NOT be on par with the NFL. I have already said, the NHL should cut 4 teams, or at least 2 and move 2 to actual hockey markets. But a best case scenario for hockey is to be on par with the NBA and challenge MLB. They will not EVER be on par with the NFL.

        As much as I love hockey, I am also realistic. It is a niche sport, that is only really enjoyed in certain parts of the country and canada.

      • travishenryskid - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        You clearly didn’t get the ‘if other markets had… Fan support like Buffalo’ part. Hockey is not a niche sport in Buffalo. It is mainstream and is on par with the Bills.

  2. muir6 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    So true

  3. ravenscaps48 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    How is this gonna work between NHL Owners and the Players Association when they CONSTANTLY OVERPAY Players…. Not taking anything away from Shane Doan, he’s a great player… But seriously? He’s worth about $5,000,000 a year, max! And I still think that is overpaying him!

  4. capsfan19 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Espn talking about hockey news? Shut the phunk up buccigross. U look like u should be doing something science related rather than talking about sports, let alone hockey

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      Bucci constantly reps hockey on ESPN, one of the few. You can tell he hates not being able to talk about it much on SC

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      I’ve never heard a hockey person say anything but great things about Bucci

  5. kgun80 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    As a Sabres fan.. I don’t really know how to feel about the offer… It’s great that we have an owner with VERY deep pockets who actually loves hockey and genuinely wants to build a winner. But I don’t want to be the team that spends and spends and just throws pieces together hoping the click.
    That being said this would bring leadership and grit, something we have been missing for a long time! Adding Ott and Doan is huge.( if it happens) and I really feel that the Hodgson deal was a steal that will pay off in the near future. Not to mention getting rid of Derek Roy that’s the definition of addition by subtraction .

    • elemeno89 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      would rather we sign ennis than doan. a younger player with much more scoring potential, and a lot cheaper.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Sign the contract then hell have a retirement party. That’s a lot of loot for 20-25 goals. 4.5 mil for production 3.5 mil for intangibles Hefty price tag. Hartnell looking more like a steal every minute.

  7. 81redneck - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I can just see Shane Doan and his Agent doing the **face palm** and then the chuckle under his breath over this offer that will obviously get turned down .
    Can you imagine going from the beautiful Desert to arguably the most depressing , grey ,welfare infested city in the US? …. yikes!

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM


    • burrshake - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      I made an account just to tell you how stupid you sound. Don’t f*ck with Buffalo it’s actually a great city and has been voted as one of the best city’s to raise a family, we got passionate fans who actually love and enjoy hockey who don’t just go to a hockey game to get some AC.

      • somekat - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        I doubt you’ll see a rush of players wanting to live in Buffalo any time soon. Nothing wrong with it, just won’t happen.

        If you are going to reply to the orginal idiot, should of been something to the effect that there isn’t a hockey player on earth that WANTS to be in Pheonix outside of Doan

      • supercoop8 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Didn’t seem like there was a rush of players looking to run to philly this summer either

    • darenpuppa31 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      The inner city and downtown is pretty bad in Buffalo, yeah. But the surrounding suburbs and some of the north side of Buffalo is very nice, and very affordable for raising a family.

    • mormegil49 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Er, Buffalo has the sunniest and driest summers of any major city in the North East. See the NOAA’s website here: It’s not uncommon for Buffalo to have more sunny days in a year than Orlando and other parts of Florida.

      Nice try though. Assuming you’re from Phoenix, enjoy your dust storms, bleak landscapes, and oppressive heat in exchange for ~3 decent months when you can comfortably spend time outside during the day.

  8. kingfooj - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    This is definitely interesting timing. I bet there’s more behind why this came out now……

  9. kgun80 - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    81redneck says
    Aug 22, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT
    I can just see Shane Doan and his Agent doing the **face palm** and then the chuckle under his breath over this offer that will obviously get turned down .
    Can you imagine going from the beautiful Desert to arguably the most depressing , grey ,welfare infested city in the US? …. yikes!
    I am so sick of people talking down Buffalo.. You have no idea what your talking about.. Buffalo has a small city feel in a big town… As for the welfare comment? Are you really making the insinuation that Phoenix has less crime and is a better place than Buffalo? Check the crime numbers, the quality of education and the economic stats… Your name says it all keep voting in people like Brewer and Arpaio and telling yourself your better than a city with one of the best engineering schools in the country… Some of the most quality people in the country… DUMB REDNECK! Read and stop watching tv!!

  10. dabossditka - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Kgun.. Sorry but he is right. Buffalo is depressing and it is kinda a dump. I mean it smells like Cheerios over the bridge. The fact you got all revved up here proves it. You are depressed. I have many friends from Buffalo and they even said they would never go back.

    • burrshake - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Every city in the world has people who have moved away and would never want to go back what do you think that only happens in buffalo!?

    • burrshake - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      Every city in the world has been who have moved away and would never go back do you think this only happens in buffalo?!

  11. dkphilly1122 - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    I can’t agree more, Buffalo is depressing. I don’t know about the Welfare aspect, but what respectable, GOOD, hockey player would wanna play there?? I hope Buffalo signs Doan for all that money. Overpay him please so no one else does. Doan can contribute on a good team, but definitely not for that kinda money. So there’s your chance Buffalo, since you’s are years away from being good anyhow, go for it.

  12. leninthebuff - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Let’s look at it like this, if you are offered 2.5 million dollars over your market value I really don’t think the beauty of the city has anything to do with it. The odds are he would buy a millon dollar mansion in Orchard Park and will never see the inner city btw a million dollar mansion here would cost him 3-5 mill elsewhere. The new ownership is first class and the players are treated first class all the way. Players that have left have not complained about ownership or how they were treated by ownership, their complaints have been about Lindy Ruff so maybe there lies the problem. The fan base is second to none…they have supported the Bills and Sabres whether they were winners or losers.

    Kgun made some valid points, also players that left have still comeback to live here after they retired. Is Buffalo one of the beautiful cities in America of course not but it’s nice that it still has the small city atomsphere. I like being a 15 min drive to work instead of 45-90 min train ride like in New York. There is a lot to do and you still have Canada just 20 mins away so the options are endless. All that said, it’s not about the city or he would have just signed back with Phoenix. $$$$$$$ and the chance to win the cup will be the deciding factor.

  13. darenpuppa31 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I like Doan, but hate that contract. It’s nice Pegula is willing to throw around money, but they seem to have forgotten there is a salary cap, and one that is most likely to lower.

  14. 81redneck - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Buffalo is a dump , Shane Doan isnt coming to play there at the end of the day, this is a moot point that the Upstate NY fans need to come to grips with . If some smalltimer creates an account on here just to fire back at my comments then I look even more like the genius then I already am .

    • leninthebuff - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Actually makes you look even dumber…go back to your shack in the woods and have your cousin come over to produce another ‘genius’ like yourself.

    • williplett - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      “I look even more like the genius then I already am.”-81redneck

      You can take the comment out of the redneck, but you can’t take the redneck out of the comment.

  15. somekat - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Sure makes the Flyers/Hartnell deal look flat out awesome from the Flyers perspective

  16. kgun80 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Where are you from 81 redneck?

  17. kgun80 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    81redneck get a life you can’t even dispute anything that was said?! But your a genius?? Where are you from..besides your mommys basement.?

  18. supercoop8 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Buffalo fans why are you letting yourselves be trolled by a guy named redneck?? Who I hope wasn’t born in 81 because if he is over thirty and belligerently trying to rile up strangers on the internet I feel so, so sorry for him.

  19. 81redneck - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Why are Sabres fans allowing themselves to be trolled? I have no idea. , I’m not trolling…..I’m pointing out the simple fact that Shane Doan is not gonna sign a contract for a team that has literally zero chance at contending for a Stanley Cup in the Polish armpit of the United States , call it what you will , but you’re reacting quite volatile here.

  20. thedavesiknowiknow - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Some facts that should be brought to the conversation. Inner city Buffalo has crime, and is run down. Every inner city has crime. Downtown Detroit (not ripping Detroit, just using it as an example) makes Ryadh look safe. In stark contrast to this supposed staggering amount of crime that somehow sets Buffalo apart from everywhere else, the immediate suburb of Amherst (where some current Sabres and alumni live) was at one point (it still might be) the safest city/township in the entire country.

    As to the notion that “nobody wants to come to play for Buffalo: The average hockey player doesn’t care where they play, so long as the checks are coming in. The player who’s interested in where they’re living usually doesn’t want to go play in Philadelphia, Boston, NY (etc) either. They want to play in Sunrise, FL or LA. If you really want to know what athletes think of Buffalo- do some digging and find out how many Sabres alumni stayed in Buffalo when their careers were over. Even players that were traded away came back to Buffalo in retirement. Current players find reputable school districts, and houses that cost 1/4 of the price of the average NHL market. The only (former) Sabre I’ve ever heard say a bad thing about Buffalo was Slava Kozlov. He got traded to the “safe” city of Atlanta.

    So, lets stop beating around the bush. Buffalo is small.

    With all this being said: Doan at 4/30mil? Unfortunately, for the time being Buffalo does have somewhat of an image problem- and they do have to outbid the Philadelphia’s and NY’s of the hockey world. I’d rather the Sabres address actual roster needs and find a young center to go with the surplus of wings we already have.

    • pominville29 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      I live in Amherst, and it’s an amazing community. There’s hardly any crime, the school system offers wonderful opportunities and teachers, and there’s great housing available. It’d be a perfect place for Shane to raise his family if he decides to come here.

      I truly find it hard to believe that people bash on the city. Even if Doan doesn’t like the city, there’s plenty of beautiful suburbs. I’d also like to address that the city is making baby steps to improve the water front. We also have awesome concerts on the harbor (Saw Alice Cooper w/ Anvil and Klear last year. Great weather and atmosphere that day) and always seem to provide the community with all sorts of festivals and other events.

      For those that complain about the industrial look of some parts of Buffalo, there’s something called the Industrial Revolution and the Erie Canal. Open a history book, please. We were the busiest city in America for years, until the Revolution ended.

      And you’re welcome for the Cheerios.

  21. beergold - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    To those folks bashing Buffalo, the fact is that most of the recent top rated players who have been available have all said that Toronto is the last place on the planet they would want to be! If there is a real negative to Buffalo it is that it is too close to Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Laffs, the real bad joke of the NHL!

    Should be renamed the Toronto Pee Down Their Legs after their so called franchise player Kessel!

  22. buffalomafia - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    @redneck81- you mamaluke! I currently live in arizona till october & buffalo is way better than here!

    How can u talk trash when your coyotes are moving to canada soon!

    Doan would be a perfect fit in Buffalo! Pittsburgh is over rated & Philly doesnt have a goalie!

    Plus your women look old & busted for being from out west!

    Hurry Doan & get the hell out of monsoon season!

  23. buffalomafia - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    @pominville29-there might not be crime in Amherst but the East side looks like Iraq & the Jigs are shooting each other every day! There is lots of crime in Buffalo!

    Stick to sports!

    Go Sabres!

  24. jmebro - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    SERIOUSLY!! If there is a lockout, we, the fan, should seriously boycott the NHL! Lets show the greedy owners were pissed! The fans are the only ones who get hurt by this! Who’s with me?!?

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:11 AM


  25. jason9696 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    The Sabres are insane. That’s way too much money for this cheap shot artist.

  26. ironpeddler255 - Aug 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    The only reason I figure these owners are throwing money around like this is that they’re really counting on that 24% salary rollback.

    Why else would they going AGAINST what they are asking for at the bargaining table?

    The whole thing is weird…

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