Doan’s agent speaks about various teams in the running
If the Phoenix Coyotes don’t get their ownership issues sorted out by Friday, Shane Doan will begin aggressively pursuing a deal with a new team. (It could be the Canucks!) His agent Terry Bross did an interview with CKNW 980′s Sportstalk on Wednesday night, confirming this and speaking about some of the other leading teams’ chances.
One team with a lot to offer is the Penguins, who have reportedly offered Doan a chance to play on a line with Sidney Crosby. David Pratt asked Doan’s agent to confirm this.
“It’s been mentioned.”
Damn. Think the Canucks can sell Doan on the chance to play with Jordan Shroeder while Ryan Kesler recovers from surgery?
The scary thing is the Pens are not the only team making a strong push for Doan. He will likely be exploring the idea of playing in Montreal next week as well. Bross on the Canadiens’ chances:
“There’s a lot of tradition and history there. If you’re a young man who plays in the NHL and you have a possibility to work with a team like that, it’s a special thing.”
Asked if the Flyers are more in play now that it’s been confirmed that Shea Weber is staying in Nashville:
“Regardless of whether they got Weber or not, they were in play and they had an interest and desire in Shane so in that respect I don’t think anything’s changed.”
OK, you want to know where the Canucks stand in all this. Pratt asked if the Canucks are still on the shortlist. In a word:
“Would that list also include Los Angeles?”
“I would think so but I haven’t really discussed Los Angeles with Shane recently.”
Great. Cool. So Doan can choose between Philadelphia (Giroux and co), Pittsburgh (Crosby), Los Angeles (defending Cup champions), Montreal (history and party city), Detroit (octopi) and Vancouver (…2 President’s Trophies in a row).
Pratt asked what Doan’s leading criteria would be: “Would it be location, would it be the team itself or the opportunity to win a Cup? Or is it just money?”
“It’s all of the above. Anyone that knows Shane knows it’s not all about money.”
Looks like the Canucks’ chances of landing Doan are about one in six right now… if you’re not thinking about a certain line from the funniest movie of all time right now, we can’t be friends.