Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 6/13/12
After Zach Parise and Ryan Suter (and perhaps Justin Schultz), the most popular free agent this summer may turn out to be right wing Shane Doan. The eight-year captain of the Phoenix Coyotes has long been revered as a fearsome competitor, respected leader and solid scorer. For years the Coyotes have lacked a bona fide star, but Doan has been the organization’s rock and has led an under-talented Phoenix club to the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. Doan’s veteran leadership and still solid production (nine straight 50-point seasons and 20 goals in 11 of the last 12 years) could make him a hot commodity this summer, if it appears that he’d actually consider playing for another franchise. Doan has rejected that notion publicly on multiple occasions and Phoenix management has repeatedly expressed optimism about re-signing the face of its franchise, but July 1st continues to tick closer and there’s still no deal. For the Rangers, Doan could be a terrific secondary scoring opti...
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