After much push and pull from Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero, the Penguins have been unable to add Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan to their arsenal of offensive guns. Missing out on Doan is unfortunate for the Penguins, but it is hardly detrimental to the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are widely regarded as one of the most elite teams in the NHL. At the end of the 2012 season, the Penguins were a point shy of the top spot in the Eastern Conference (108)—without the help of NHL star Sidney Crosby, who was sidelined with a concussion and two injured vertebrae after colliding with teammate Chris Kunitz.
Doan, who had a decent season in 2012 (22 G, 28 A, 50 PTS), was targeted by Shero in an attempt to strengthen his already heavily offensive team. The 35-year-old would have been a second-liner at best and could have provided leadership and support on the penalty kill.
Would Shane Doan have been a good signing for the Penguins? Sure.
Should Pittsburgh fans lose sleep over Doan’s decision to stay in Phoenix? Not at all.
Here are five reasons why the Penguins will be fine without Doan.