Here I was, thinking that Glen Sather was a changed man, but maybe I was wrong. According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Rangers are ready to offer free agent Shane Doan a four-year contract.
The only free agent with any glamour left is centre Shane Doan. He has a four-year, $30-million offer on the table from Buffalo. Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the N.Y. Rangers are all willing to offer four-year, $24-million deal.
Not only is he willing to go up to four years, but Sather is offering a deal that would strike the Rangers with a $6 million cap hit. Glen, what are you doing? As Doan would be signing a 35-plus contract, this would prevent the Rangers from getting rid of his contract by demoting him to the minors. When Doan is 38 and hardly contributing, the Rangers can do nothing about it, if he were to sign there.
This has disaster written all over it. We've seen it before with Chris Drury and Wade Redden, and we certainly don't need to see it again.
Sather acquired Brad Richards' services for a very reasonable contract last summer and refused to budge any higher when teams like Calgary upped the ante.
Everyone thought Sather was a new man, a man who saw what his former mistakes had done and learned from his young team's success that youth is the new way to go. I'm not ready to give up on Sather just yet, as this is only a rumor floating around, but if this rumor does indeed come to fruition, I won't be the only one shocked and infuriated, I can guarantee that.
To be clear, I am not at all against signing Shane Doan, but to a four-year deal, forget about it. He is a solid third-liner on a team like the Rangers at this point in his career, and with that said, $24 million over four years is just ludicrous.
With the CBA expiring in 13 days, Doan will have a new home soon, if the situation in Phoenix is not resolved. Hopefully, that new home will not be paying him $24 million or more over four years, for its own sake. I will feel bad for any team's fans, even those of the Flyers or Penguins, if their team shells out that kind of money for Doan.