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NHL Free Agents 2012: Shane Doan and Veterans Contenders Will Pursue

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 22:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up before Game Five of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 4, 2012

Veteran Shane Doan is one of several NHL free agents with the ability to make a tremendous impact on a title-contending squad.

Doan and the talented free agents in the market will undoubtedly be given a good look this offseason, as Stanley Cup contenders will have to stack their teams with experience and talent for title runs.

The Phoenix Coyotes' stud right-winger has played his entire 16-year career with the team, yet if the right offer is there, it's hard to see him staying put. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, he will certainly pay mind to other offers but won't make a decision until July 9.

 

Ray Whitney will be a free agent today. Shane Doan will listen to interest, but won't decide on leaving Phx until the 9th.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2012

The following three veterans are sure to be heavily pursed in the offseason.

 

Shane Doan, RW

Doan is a 16-year veteran with a plethora of talent and skill still left to offer.

He posted at least 22 points each season since the 1998-99 season, including a streak of 12 consecutive seasons with at least 49 points.

Talk about about some jaw-dropping figures.

At age 35, Doan has dropped off minimally in his production. From 60 points two seasons ago to 50 last season, he is still as solid an acquisition as a team could ask for at the position. His experience and talent is undeniable, and he will be a solid asset to any contender if he wished to leave Phoenix.

If Doan is to re-sign with the Coyotes, there is no question this team could be contending for the 2013 Stanley Cup.

 

Zach Parise, LW

The seven-year vet is a tremendous asset at the left wing position and comes off an integral bounce-back season.

There is no doubting the talent with the puck and superior skating this player boasts, and he is one of the more talked about free agents this offseason.

After playing in just 13 games in the 2010-11 season, Parise played 82 games last season and posted a solid 69 points. Like Doan, he is a major scoring threat and teams needing the offense will surely look Parise's way. 

 

Ryan Suter, D

Ryan Suter is one of the more hyped free agents this offseason.

He's an especially solid facilitator that can help prevent goals in the back but also helps the team create chances up front. His 39 assists last season led his team.

There is no secret as to what this player brings to a team, as one of the top defensive studs in the league is a special talent on the market.

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