One of the only big-name free-agents left on the market, former Phoenix Coyote Shane Doan still remains without a home for next season. His patience and loyalty to remain in Phoenix while new ownership under a group led by Greg Jamison seems to be waining, leaving Doan no choice but to explore different options.
The reported teams interested in Doan have been narrowed to the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. The asking price? Four years and $30 million, according to Dave Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, averaging $7.5 million per season for a soon-to-be 36 year old who finished his third straight season failing to reach 30 goals and his lowest point total (50) since the 2001-02 season.
Doan would be a welcomed addition to Broadway, or any other destination, because of his grit and leadership.
Just on more digestible terms.
Paying over $7 million for the life of the contract is a risky proposition, especially when you consider the uncertainty surrounding the new CBA.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post offered his thoughts recently about Doan to New York, believing the Rangers are interested solely to replenish the depth lost to acquire Rick Nash.
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.
At the same time, albeit unlikely, it isn’t impossible Doan could accept three years to come to Broadway for a reunion with coach John Tortorella, who may have issues with people skills, but sure doesn’t drive people away from wanting to reunite with him on his hockey team when given the opportunity.
While Doan might take a slight discount to come to New York, he's not willing to concede for other teams. David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reported yesterday the Sharks are out of the running for Doan because his new deal will go beyond three years, and San Jose is unwilling to do that.
A four-year deal for an aging player doesn't mesh with the Rangers' long-term plan of action towards winning a Stanley Cup.
Bringing Doan in would only be benefical in the short term, as he would join Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist and form an early favorite to represent the East in next year's Cup finals.
Fiscally, it would severely hamper the team over the next two seasons, which is the main reason why Doan won't be signing with the Blueshirts unless it's on their terms.
Next summer, Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, Mike Sauer, and Derek Setpan will be due raises. The offseason heading into the 2014-15 season sees New York with 13 free agents to sign, including raises for Chris Kreider and Ryan Callahan, while bringing back Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist to new deals.
Signing Shane Doan to a four-year, $30 million contract would be throwing the proverbial wrench into the well-oiled machine the Rangers have worked desperately to repair over the years.
There's no doubting what the lifelong player for the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise would bring to his next team. But there's enough doubt in the money he's reportedly looking for the Rangers stay away and look to improve the team internally.