Report: Doan Meets with Canucks

Thomas Drance
July 31 2012 09:23PM

Apparently Shane Doan, the highly sought after unrestricted free-agent (and mythical beast) met with the Canucks on Tuesday evening. Or, at least that's the word out of Vancouver, via the @News1130Sports Twitter feed:

Read past the jump.

Late last week, Shane Doan's agent Terry Bross said that his client would "get aggressive" in seeking a new team, should Greg Jamison's attempts to acquire ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes continue to languish. At the time of this writing, Jamison remains 20 million short of the asking price (in real terms he's short about double that figure, since, you know, you need a fair bit of liquidity to run a professional sports franchise). While Jamison's group has been granted an extension by the city of Glendale, it's fair to describe the ownership situation in Phoenix as remaining very murky.

Nonetheless, if Doan actually met with the Canucks this evening (it has been independently reported by two reasonably reliable sources) that doesn't necessarily mean that the Coyotes captain and his agent are getting "close" to picking a new team. Nor does it mean that the Canucks suddenly have the inside track in the Doan derby. This is just part of the process and as Bross told Dave Pratt last week, "There are several teams Shane is going to sit down with."

In the depths of summer, when hockey fans turn into parched druids desperate for any hockey news to quench their mighty thirst, it's tough to keep a report like this one in perspective. We've known for weeks that the Canucks have a serious interest in Shane Doan, but we also know that Doan has a lot of options at this point in the offseason. More importantly, several teams in the running will quite likely be willing to offer Shane Doan significantly more than the Canucks will be.

It has been reported by the Globe and Mail, for example, that Shane Doan wants somewhere in the realm of a four year, 30 million dollar deal. That's an obscenely rich and risky contract, one that would make Doan easily the highest paid player on the Canucks. If, as Tony Gallagher suggested on the Team 1040 today, the Canucks aren't willing to sign Shane Doan to a contract worth more than they currently pay Ryan Kesler (5 million per season) - then don't expect them to win this particular derby.

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 puck-bandit
July 31 2012, 10:15PM
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As a parched Druid, with pangs of hunger for anything Hockey, I am forced to go away without my laptop for the weekend. When I get home, everything will be the same I'm sure. This summer has been a bore in the hockey world, even the negotiations are uneventful. Those that say they will sign Doan for that kind of money, they are loonies. He would be such a good fit on our roster, but no-way is he even worth what Kes is getting. I'm optimistic that Ryan is going to come back and score 40 goals this season. Shane may get 20, and for how much dough? It would pain me as a fan if Mike abandons himself and falls to the 4 yr. 30 mil. A little chair time would be in order for that contract!

Good Read; Happy BC Day.

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#3 KleptoKlown
July 31 2012, 11:26PM
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The only way Doan becomes a Canuck is if Doan wants to become a Canuck.

In no way shape or form are the Canucks in a position to give Doan a 4 year 30 million dollar deal. Any GM signing Doan to this contract is insane.

The reason why guys like Teemu Selanne, Ray Whitney and Mark Recchi are able to endure such long careers is simply because they are not physical players. Needless to say, this is not Doan's style. It might sound crazy, but if Doan signs with the Orcas, he could have a career year. Imagine him paired with the Sedins? It gives that line a bit of an extra edge that Burrows can't provide. Burrows could slide down onto the second line with Kesler...it'll all sounds so great.

In a place called reality, the Canucks are a long shot to land Doan. He will get better offers from other teams.

I am one of those fans that thinks Doan is the missing piece, that extra mile needed to win that game 7 in the SCF...but the contract has to make sense, it can't be crippling this team 3 or 4 years down the road.

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#4 kagee
August 01 2012, 12:19AM
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4 years $20M sounds about right, slight overpayment but Doan gets the security he wants for his family.

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#5 KleptoKlown
August 01 2012, 12:51AM
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4 years for Doan makes no sense.

He has 2 years left as a player worth a 4+ millions dollar cap hit.

The fact his price tag includes the 35+ year old contract factor means the term of the contract is just as important as the cap hit.

2 years from now, do you really think the Canucks benefit from having Doan signed to 5 million in cap space?

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#6 KleptoKlown
August 01 2012, 12:53AM
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4 years for Doan makes no sense.

He has 2 years left as a player worth a 4+ millions dollar cap hit.

The fact his price tag includes the 35+ year old contract factor means the term of the contract is just as important as the cap hit.

2 years from now, do you really think the Canucks benefit from having Doan signed to 5 million in cap space?

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#7 V
August 01 2012, 01:38AM
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wrong link you've got there. gallagher starts on hour two: http://www.teamradio.ca/podcast/1040_midday_show/Sekeres_and_Price_July_31st_Hour_2_Powered_by_Kingsway_Honda~.mp3

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#10 J21 (@Jyrki21)
August 01 2012, 10:56AM
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Because I wasn't born yesterday, I feel that I can safely divine that, short of re-signing with the Coyotes, Doan ends up in one of: PHA, PGH, NYR, CHI, DET, BOS, SJ, LA... because everyone does.

Come on, Shane, surprise me.

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#11 Dustin
August 01 2012, 01:07PM
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Won't the Canucks have to free up some cap space to sign Doan, even if it were for only 5 mil per year?

So unless there is a Luongo deal already in the works, isn't it impossible to sign Doan?

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#12 Dustin
August 01 2012, 01:57PM
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Nevermind, from The Province:

"Until the Doan domino falls, there might not be any Luongo movement. The Canucks can add a big salary now and go over the existing cap ceiling by 10 per cent until the new collective bargaining agreement sets the standard, but they would have to move Luongo and salary before next season."

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#13 Lec
August 02 2012, 06:57AM
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I've heard they've offered a 3yr deal at about $15m. Sounds okay, considering that Doan will make a big impact for atleast 2 yrs and maybe help push for the cup. I really do think he's what's been missing for the last couple of years...

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