Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 1/11/12

DALLAS - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Sami Lepisto #18, Shane Doan #19 and Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on January 31, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
You knew it was only a matter of time. With the trade deadline a little over a month away and your Blueshirts in first place, the rumors have officially begun.

From Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report...

"Anybody watching Shane Doan in that game? Does anybody think he wouldn't be a great rental for this team? I think he sure would ... and I think the Rangers coach likes and admires him, too."

Christopher Botta at the New York Times...

"Was last night the only game Shane Doan will play at MSG this season? Not so sure of that."

Doan, who was stopped by Hank in the shootout last night to end the game, has 12g, 13a and is a -9 this season.

Doan is in the final year of his contract that pays him $4.55 million this season.

...as with any rumor I'd need to know who the Rangers would be sending back before I have a true opinion on it, but Doan is one of those veteran guys who would be a great influence on this team on and off the ice. I also think Rangers could get him cheap.

...a couple of negatives are that he's played in a very small market his entire career and doesn't have much playoff experience for a player who has been in the league since 1997.

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PLAYERS: Shane Doan
TEAMS: Arizona Coyotes
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