Yes, the Shane Doan talk is beginning to get dragged out to an extent where it's a tad bit annoying to continuously read about. However, the New York Rangers' strong interest in the 35-year-old winger is not going away anytime soon, nor is the mutual interest from the other side.
We all know by now that the Blueshirts and Doan, in some capacity, would like to work out a agreeable deal to bring the match together for the 2012-13 season. And according to Larry Brooks in his most recent New York Post piece, Doan only shares such interest with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks, in addition to New York.
What's stopping the Rangers and Doan from uniting, and coach John Tortorella and Doan from RE-uniting, aside from his hesitancy from leaving the Phoenix organization, is the length in which his preferred contract has been announced to be.
Also according to Brooks, that length is four years - locking him in until he is 39-years-old...
Doan, who understandably wants this to be the last move he makes, is believed to have narrowed his sights on Manhattan, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. It’s unclear if Rangers general manager Glen Sather is willing to go four years, but if he does, Doan is more likely than not to become a Blueshirt.
Remember, though, that Doan would like to become a Ranger more than anything other. So, within the realm of possibility would lie the chance that Doan agrees to a three-year deal in order to come to New York. A three-year deal which one would assume is much more satisfactory for GM Glen Sather as compared to one of four years.
Just a guess, really.
But as I've said time and time again, bringing Doan here after stealing Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets (and yes, "steal" was used there for a reason) would complete the perfect summer for Slats and set-up the Rangers perfectly for the 2012-13 season, at least from an offensive standpoint.
At this point, I'd be quite surprised if Doan is not a Ranger by the end of August.
Over the past week I've hinted at the fact that The Rangers Tribune will be undergoing some substantial changes for the better this month, and that you all are not far from seeing it all come to fruition.
First and foremost, I brought on a new staff of writers for next season to bring a variety of opinions to the site and lighten the workload for myself. If you haven't already, you can get to know the new writers here.
In addition to that, which is a fairly large change in its own right, will be the launching of "Rangers Tribune 2013" - a project that I have wanted to bring to life for a while now. I don't want to give too much away since it should be a surprise when launched (plus I do not want certain blogs out there jockin our swag anymore than they already have), but I will say that I am working with a hired design team to make it all possible by September.
Keep tabs on Twitter this week for sneak peeks!