Shane Doan's List of Interested Teams Grows, San Jose Sharks New Favorites

Eric Steitz@esteitz16Analyst IIIAugust 6, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 15:  Shane Doan #19 and Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes look on during the singing of the National Anthem prior to Game Two of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on May 15, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Shane Doan has dominated the free-agent headlines for the past few weeks. As the top free agent on the market, Doan has been the focus of a handful of teams' attention.

That number grew this past week to include the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.

Reports say he wants a four-year, $30 million deal if he leaves Phoenix.

The Sharks are reportedly the favorites to land Doan, if he leaves the Coyotes.


San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have crept into talks with Doan and it appears that they are talking a similar language.

Reports claim the two parties have a "strong mutual interest" and that could change the hierarchy in the Pacific Division.

Sources claim that if Doan leaves Phoenix, the Sharks are the favorites to land the top free agent.

The Sharks have some obstacles to overcome, however. They currently only have $5.57 million in salary cap space, according to

Doan has asked for a contract that averages $7.5 million per season. Basic math says that's impossible for the Sharks, but with the collective bargaining agreement still in flux, anything can happen.

The Sharks are building a team that is designed to win now with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Adding Doan would be a huge step for the Sharks who could be chasing the Los Angeles Kings in the standings.


Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators have had one of the more active offseasons of any NHL team.

Ryan Suter left the Predators to head to Minnesota. Shea Weber returned to the Preds with a massive deal after the Philadelphia Flyers tried to force the decision.

On the other hand, Doan, has had an offseason full of speculation but no movement.

Doan continues to wait on the ownership situation in Phoenix to work its way out. Currently, the NHL owns the Coyotes and prospective buyer Greg Jamison hasn't been able to come to terms on a deal, yet.

Meanwhile, Predators general manager David Poile has reached out to Doan's agent Terry Bross, according to the Tennessean.

This is where the story gets interesting.

Free agents will often visit the cities that express interest in their services. Doan has already visited New York and Philadelphia this offseason.

But, he won't be visiting Nashville.

Does that rule the Preds out? Could being a small-market team really burn them again?

Fortunately for Nashville, that isn't the case.

Doan won't be visiting because he is already familiar with the city, and with the team. That's great news for the Preds should Doan decide to leave Phoenix.

“Based on the conversations we’ve had, he is very comfortable with the city and knows a lot about it,” Poile said on Friday. “He knows some of our guys very well and feels very comfortable about it. His agent knows the city quite well. His agent represents baseball players and some of his clients live here.”


Vancouver Canucks

The social media world has sparked quite the frenzy with the Olympics going on. This time, Twitter didn't need a spoiler alert.

Two sources tweeted that Doan was in Vancouver visiting with the Canucks' front office.

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Doan also has a significant amount of ties to the Vancouver area.

He played his junior hockey in Kamloops, which is a few hours away from Vancouver. His wife is a native of Kamloops. And, Doan is a part owner of the Kamloops Blazers.

If you want to talk about going to a hockey town, I don't think it gets much better than Vancouver. Doan could fill the hole left behind by Mikael Samuelsson's departure.

How about this for a line combination? Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Shane Doan.

The Canucks could use another top-six forward and Doan would fit that mold beautifully. You can't ignore his ties to the Vancouver area.


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