NHL Rumors: Shane Doan Best Fit for New York Rangers

Tony GiardinaCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 17:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game against the New York Rangers at Jobing.com Arena on December 17, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 3-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers have already made a huge splash in the offseason with their acquisition of Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. That may not be their last big move, though. According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Shane Doan wants out of Phoenix and has put the Rangers on his short list of possible destinations. 

At 36 years of age, Doan has spent his entire career with the Coyotes, and it makes sense for him to go to a contender.

The Rangers are the best option if he wants to hoist the Stanley Cup. Not only did they finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, but they bolstered their attack with Nash and didn't have to give up too much in return.

Though New York didn't lose a lot in the Rick Nash trade, one thing it did lose was depth. Already one of the favorites for the Stanley Cup next year, Doan would solidify a talented roster and make the Rangers the team to beat in the East.

David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail reports that Doan wants a four-year contract worth $30 million if he leaves Phoenix. The Rangers appear willing to take on that salary and are seen as front-runners for the winger if the length can be agreed upon, says Brooks:

Doan, who understandably wants this to be the last move he makes, is believed to have narrowed his sights on Manhattan, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. It’s unclear if Rangers general manager Glen Sather is willing to go four years, but if he does, Doan is more likely than not to become a Blueshirt.

That's a high price for an aging player who had just 50 points last season, but Doan would bring another solid winger to the club. He's an experienced veteran who's still hungry for his shot at Lord Stanley's Cup.  

The major advantage that New York has is its cap space; they certainly have enough to give the 36-year-old his absurd contract.

The Rangers have a chance to go all-in for this coming season and win their first Stanley Cup since 1994. Expect them to land Doan at any price.