Detroit Red Wings Hoping to Win Shane Doan's Waiting Game

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Detroit Red Wings Hoping to Win Shane Doan's Waiting Game
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After the Red Wings shockingly whiffed on signing either free-agent gems, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, lifetime Winnipeg/Phoenix winger Shane Doan slid to the top of the team's list.

Doan is working under a self-imposed deadline originally set for July 9, now July 16, before he decides to field offers from other teams.

The Wings have been mentioned as possible trade suitors for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash (rumor via Columbus Dispatch) and Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan (rumor via Ottawa Sun). 

The Detroit Red Wings are getting desperate, but they simply do not have the assets to offer the trade package Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson seems to think Nash is worth.

Unless the Blue Jackets drop their price, I don’t see how the Red Wings land Rick Nash. Ryan will likely come at a cheaper price, but again the Wings don't have much to offer in a trade.

Detroit would still have a lot of competition for Doan's services if he decides to leave Phoenix's chaotic owner situation. According to Doan's agent Terry Bross (news via Kevin Allen of USA Today), sixteen teams have shown interest.

If Detroit comes up empty again, Alexander Semin likely becomes the next target after witnessing his chemistry with Pavel Datsyuk during the World Championships, but he has a ton of baggage scaring most GMs off his scent. 

As things sit, the Wings would be holding a three-way competition between Gustav Nyquist, Damien Brunner and Mikael Samuelsson for a top-six forward spot in the team's lineup.

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Samuelsson already seems like a lock to replace Jiri Hudler and coach Mike Babcock seems prepared to move on from counting on Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary as first-line options and pencil in Brunner instead. Via mlive.com:

Our top six, (Johan) Franzen and (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg and Fil (Valtteri Filppula) are all left-hand shots. (Brunner) is a right-hand shot who plays fast.

Babcock noticeably leaves Cleary and Bertuzzi out of the discussion, leaving fans with questions galore about what the roster will look like when the 2012-13 season begins.

Unless the team is willing to accept the upcoming season as an opportunity to rebuild, the prospect of seeing a top six that is largely the same as last season does not bode well for the team's continued improvement.

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