Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 9/3/12

DALLAS - JANUARY 31: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates his 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)

If you originally thought that the Rick Nash saga was one filled with aggravating prolonged time extensions, you were only appetizing yourself for what was to come with the Shane Doan ordeal that has unfolded over this past summer. 

The 35-year-old winger officially hit the free agent market on July 1, along with all other unrestricted free agents across the National Hockey League. As you all know by now, Doan's indecisiveness led him to wait on the Phoenix Coyotes ownership scenario to further unfold before talking to any other teams about a contract. Where the Yotes stood on that day in July is not far off from where they stand on this day in September, and with Doan's agent stating last week that his camp will have a decision made by September 15 before the 2012-13 season is announced to be locked out, it's likely that Shane will be packing up and joining an organization other than Phoenix for the first time in his career. 

Now the New York Rangers have been in on the Doan sweepstakes all along, having him come tour the city and the training facility and whatever else they may have thought up in a persuasive effort. And, originally, it seemed like a perfect fit. Doan would be secondary scoring to a deeper offensive lineup with the addition of Rick Nash, as well as veteran leadership to one of the youngest clubs in the NHL. This is all assuming Doan would not have outrageous demands for his final contract of his career, right? 

Wrong, unfortunately. 

There is a rumor floating around out there that the Rangers, as well as the Penguins, Flyers and Canucks, are willing to give Doan a four-year contract worth $24 million. Woah. 

First off, four years is a tad too long to have a 35-year-old player locked up these days. There's no doubt that Doan still has the ability to play the game, but where he will stand four years from now is unknown. Plus, the Blueshirts have had their fair share of lengthy contracts for older players turn sour quicker than they expected. 

Secondly, 24 million over four years evens out to a $6 million-per-year salary, which is downright ridiculous. To put this in perspective, Henrik Lundqvist only makes $6.5 million each season, and here comes Shane Doan thinking he could enter the organization with a price tag only $500,000 less than the most valuable player on the team? I don't think so. 

But again, this was something that was written in an Ottawa newspaper that has been called out for fabricating in the past, so take this with ease. What inclines me to believe it, however, is the fact that the Buffalo Sabres were willing to give Doan a $7.5 million-per-year deal a month ago, and this may just be a way of the Rangers, and the other teams listed, simply keeping up. 

But at that price, keeping up may not be worth it. Giving a 35-year-old player a four-year contract worth $24 million is sure to leave you losing the race in some way or another down the road. 

If such is the case, it may be wise of GM Glen Sather to finally let the Shane Doan ship sail. 

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