Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 8/15/12

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)
Elliot Olshansky at Sports World Report says that while signing Shane Doan would improve the Rangers this season, it would cost them in the long run...

"Four Rangers are due to become restricted free agents next summer: forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin and defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer. If Doan were to sign in New York for $7 million per year, the Rangers would have about $11 million in salary cap space to sign all four players. Given Sauer's lingering issues from a concussion - he's questionable for the start of the coming season - it's conceivable that the Rangers might not be interested in bringing him back, but still, those four players would cost significantly more next summer than the $4.3 million they're due to make in 2012-13, and having so much money tied up in Doan could leave the Rangers unable to match an offer sheet for one of their prized players."

...as if I didn't already hate the idea of paying Doan $7 million per year, this pretty much clinches it.

...i'm more than confident that Sather & Co. are aware of this scenario and will not risk the future of the franchise for a one-year run at the Stanley Cup.

...man the Doan insanity has really quieted down lately. Ultimately, I think he ends up back in Phoenix as it looks like their ownership issues are being worked out.

H/T to Hockey This Week.

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