What Shane Doan's Signing Could Mean for New York Rangers

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 22:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on before taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Shane Doan saga continues. It's still unknown which team the 35-year-old right wing for the Phoenix Coyotes will land on this upcoming season. Doan met with the Rangers back in July, but the free agent has yet to make a decision as to whether he will head to New York.

Back in July, it was confirmed that 16 teams were interested in Doan and that four or five teams had made offers.

If Doan signs with the Rangers, it will make a significant impact. New York has already acquired former Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, and getting Phoenix's captain would make them a team to fear for at least another season.

Last season, the Rangers finished with 109 points, the most in the Eastern Conference, and managed to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers lost the round in six games to the New Jersey Devils, but it did not overshadow the successful season they accomplished.

Doan would add offensive power to a squad that knows how to use it. Last season with Phoenix, Doan finished with 22 goals and 28 assists in 79 games.

Getting the right wing would mean that the Rangers have more skill on the offensive side of things, but they will also have the leadership skills that Doan comes fully equipped with.

Doan is an aggressive player, quick to the puck and an efficient passer. He would give the Rangers the tools that they need to win their first Stanley Cup championship since 1994.

If Doan goes to New York, they could find themselves in the position of becoming the beast of the east during the 2012-13 season.