Chicago Blackhawks: Shane Doan Interested in Joining the Team

James Maahs@Jmaz90Contributor IIIJuly 9, 2012

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 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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The Chicago Blackhawks may still be in the free agent game after rumors surfaced that Shane Doan has interest in donning the Indian Head sweater.

Chicago Tribune reporter Chris Kuc reported the interest via twitter.

Shane Doan's agent, Terry Bross, said not only have  contacted them, but also that Doan has interest in joining Hawks.

Interest in Doan is also mutual on the Blackhawks' part with captain Jonathan Toews expressing interest in acquiring Doan. 

The 35-year-old winger would be a great forward addition to the already stacked Blackhawks front line.

Though, the question remains: can the Blackhawks go after Doan and neglect their defensive and second line center needs?

Both were major holes in the lineup last season and the problem has yet to be addressed.

The Blackhawks already have elite forwards in Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. But, do any of these guys match the rugged and skilled game of Shane Doan?

Doan would most likely command a cap hit of $4.5 million per season, which would take up about half of the Blackhawks' free cap space.

That price may also go up, considering the number of teams interested in picking up an elite forward.

There is also the concern of Doan's age. Pushing 36 has its benefits and downfalls. A veteran leader for the locker room and on the ice, but a slower overall player.

The Blackhawks are also one of many teams in the hunt for the services of Shane Doan.

The Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers are all in talks with Doan's agent.


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