No Need for Philadelphia Flyers to Sign Old Shane Doan
Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Ian Hanford speculated the chances were slim, but if given the opportunity, the Flyers should sign Doan.
Doan is respected around the league, and once he announced he would begin listening to free agent offers from teams other than the Phoenix Coyotes, most of the league began pursuing the 35-year-old, two-way forward.
Doan, who will turn 36 in October, is known as a gritty, tough forward capable of scoring 20 goals and bringing a physical presence to the ice.
While Doan did dish out 205 hits and net 22 goals in 2011-12, his defensive presence may be a bit overrated, as his minus-eight rating on a team with a plus-12 goal differential suggests.
Also, Doan fired 226 shots, missed 109 more and managed 22 goals.
The only Flyers who took more shots on net than Doan last season were Scott Hartnell (232) and Claude Giroux (242), and both scored at a much higher rate (11.6 percent and 15.9 percent, respectively).
Basically any Flyer top-six forward would be able to equal Doan's production given the amount of ice-time and shots on net.
Doan, the Coyotes captain, led Phoenix with 48 takeaways and 30 giveaways. Solid numbers, but Sean Couturier equaled those numbers at 18 years old.
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Doan commanded a $4.55 million cap hit over the last five seasons, and the Flyers have Couturier ($1.375 million), Max Talbot ($1.75 million) and Matt Read ($900,000), all much younger and capable of putting up the same numbers as Doan for a fraction of the cost.
Doan and his agent have said they are not interested in a one-year deal. That said, it would be far too much of a risk to sign another old man to a deal he'll never live up to.
The Flyers are best served to hang on to their cap space and use it on a player who can help this team in the long-term.
The Broad Street Bullies are clearly building toward something, and Doan does not seem to fit.
Not to mention, Doan shared a locker room with Ilya Bryzgalov in Phoenix.
After signing with Philly, several of Bryz's old teammates were critical of the Russian goalie.
If Bryz and his former Coyotes did suffer a falling out, the very real prospect of locker room dissension should terrify Flyers fans and their front office.
After a 2011-12 that was all about "chemistry", the last thing the Flyers need to deal with is a veteran in the dressing room rolling his eyes at the goalie with a nine-year contract saying, "Here we go again."
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