Originally written July 14, 2012 on centericechat.com:
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Shane Doan appears set to cash in on a mega deal from a mystery team in the Eastern Conference. While we do not know which team submitted an offer to the soon-to-be former Phoenix Coyotes right winger, it is reportedly worth $30 million over the next four years. That would be pretty big money for a player who will turn 36-years-old during the first month of the upcoming NHL season. Still, Doan continues to put up consistently solid numbers, even after 16 seasons in the NHL, with all of them coming as a member of the Coyotes. And while Doan has maintained his stance that he would love to stay in Phoenix if ownership issues are worked out, an offer of this amount would make it nearly impossible for the Coyotes to come even close to matching. It would also make it nearly impossible for Doan to turn down a contract offer of this magnitude. While his numbers did drop off a bit last season, Doan has scored at least 50 points in each NHL season since the start of the 1999 campaign. He is as steady as they come, especially in terms of free agents currently available, and while his agent has expressed an interest in Doan joining the Chicago Blackhawks, we know this offer came from a mystery team in the East. We just don’t know exactly which mysterious team made the proposal. But it can probably be narrowed down a little. After all, there are 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, but not all of them will be courting a top free agent right winger such as Doan. Whether they already feel set at that position, or they don’t have the money available, or they just know that a player of Doan’s caliber would not consider signing with them, not all 15 can be considered players. So who could be a possibility for this offer to Doan? The New York Rangers may be the favorites as of now. They need a scorer, and Doan has ties to the Rangers’ management. Other teams could be possibilities as they try to replace players who departed via free agency or trades as well. The Pittsburgh Penguins need to replace Jordan Staal. The New Jersey Devils want to replace Zach Parise. And the Philadelphia Flyers are desperate to land at least one marquee name after missing out on so many to this point. If you are looking for a possible pair of long shots, then consider the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders. One reached the Eastern Conference Finals just two years back, while the other needs to spend some serious money to reach the salary cap basement numbers. At this point, anything is possible.
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