Shane Doan: Toronto Maple Leafs Wasting Time Chasing Coyotes Star

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 27:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nashville Predators during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are wasting their time chasing free agent forward Shane Doan because they cannot offer the Phoenix Coyotes captain a chance to win the Stanley Cup in the near future.

According to John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix, the Leafs are interested in Doan.

Toronto Maple Leafs are showing interest in Coyotes free agent Captain Shane Doan

— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) July 14, 2012

Gambadoro reported on Friday that there's a team in the Eastern Conference willing to give Doan a massive amount of money.

NHL source just confirmed to me that an Eastern Conference team has offered Coyotes Captain Shane Doan a 4-year deal worth more than 30 mill

— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) July 13, 2012

I don't know if the Leafs are the team in the above tweet, but regardless, Doan just isn't a good fit in Toronto, even at $5 million per season. In fact, there's no team in the NHL, even the Coyotes, who should consider giving Doan $30-plus million over four years. That's absolutely insane.

It would be shocking if Doan came to the Eastern Conference to play on a team with a zero percent chance of lifting the Stanley Cup next June.

It wouldn't make sense for Doan to choose the Leafs over teams in the East like the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, and Philadelphia Flyers.

Following the acquisition of young winger James van Riemsdyk in the trade that sent defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers, the number one priority for Leafs general manager Brian Burke needs to be a top-six center. JVR should not be put at center because on the wings is where he will be most effective.

Pursuing Doan, who is one the downside of his career and a right winger, is just a waste of Burke's time. Doan is not the franchise player that Burke needs to acquire in order to make the Leafs legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference.

Signing Doan would be exciting for Leafs fans, but it wouldn't drastically improve their team for next season, or into the future.


Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.