NHL Free Agency 2012: Should Phoenix Be Concerned About Losing Shane Doan?

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Should Phoenix Be Concerned About Losing Shane Doan?
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The latest news coming out of Shane Doan’s camp, according to USA Today, is that the deadline is gone.

Doan had originally given the Coyotes until July 9th before he would listen to offers from other teams, which coincided with the deadline for a petition to slow the Coyotes sale.

When July 9th passed and no news was given, the right winger, who has played his entire career for the Coyotes franchise, set a new date of July 16th.

As the aforementioned article explained Doan has gotten rid of the July 16th deadline, which means that Doan is free to listen to offers from any of the teams reported to have shown interest.

The most recent report from Canadian sports media outlet Sportsnet has stated there are 16 teams that have made inquires for Doan, and that four or five had made formal offers.

With the interest in Doan growing, the Phoenix Coyotes should start planning a strategy without the veteran winger.

There are similarities between Shane Doan and two other free agents; Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

It was reported by FoxSports back in June that Parise did not wish to leave New Jersey, making his departure a surprise to some.

David Poile told the media after the Wild signed Nashville’s coveted defenseman that during talks with Suter and his agent, Nashville was told Suter would sign with the Preds, as reported by NBCSports.

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In a subsequent interview with The Tennessean Suter said that he had said no such thing, and apologized to the fans of Nashville.

Doan’s agent has reiterated that the veteran winger would prefer to stay in Phoenix, but with the uncertainty surrounding the ownership, has left the possibility of leaving open according to SB Nation.

The fact is Shane Doan is neither Zach Parise nor Ryan Suter, and could realistically re-sign with Phoenix.

Yet after watching what happened with New Jersey and Nashville, Phoenix needs to start looking at the possibility that Doan is leaving town this summer.

Rather than be left in the lurch, as the Devils and Predators were once their big-name free agents left town. Both teams were left with large holes to fill.

Phoenix is already battling uncertainty up front as there is a petition for a referendum on the city’s management deal with potential owner Greg Jamison, as reported by the New York Times.

This has been Doan’s main point in his hesitation to re-sign with Phoenix.

If he does choose to sign elsewhere it would add to the list of players this offseason who have left the desert.

Leaving the Pacific division champions a shell of the team, having already lost Ray Whitney and Adrian Aucoin.

Phoenix may be facing issues up front, but the organization cannot sit by while it loses its top players.

Doan may wish to come back, but it may not be in the cards and Phoenix needs to plan for that.

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