The Vancouver Canucks did not make many significant player acquisitions during the offseason. They signed free-agent defenseman Jason Garrison, but they swung and missed on Justin Schultz and Shane Doan.
Though the Phoenix Coyotes' ownership situation still remains up in the air, Doan signed a new four-year deal with the team just before the start of the lockout, with an average cap hit of $5.3 million per season (per capgeek.com).
The Canucks pulled out all the stops to court Doan, including taking him to dinner in Vancouver in late July (from Ben Kuzma of The Province).
While the Canucks can certainly use more grit up front, they dodged a bullet when Doan chose to stick with the only franchise he has ever known.
Here are three reasons why Vancouver fans should be grateful that Doan is still a Desert Dog.