Signings and trades around the NHL have come at a rather slow place this summer. For example, it was several days after the free agent window opened on July 1 before Zach Parise and Ryan Suter decided where they wanted to play in the coming years. Plus, after numerous rumors throughout 2012, Rick Nash was finally traded to the New York Rangers just yesterday. Other names – like Alexander Semin, Roberto Luongo, Bobby Ryan – still remain in play. And then there’s Shane Doan.
He’s scored 318 goals in 1,198 regular season games with the Phoenix Coyotes organization. It’s the only NHL club he’s ever played for. However, there are strong indications that the 35-year old forward is about to leave the Arizona desert.
One of the many teams he’s been linked to of late has been the Kings – a group he’s no stranger to. Besides scoring more goals and points against LA than any other Pacific Divisional rival, it’s the same team that just eliminated the Coyotes from the playoffs and denied Doan the opportunity of skating in his first Stanley Cup Final.
Immediately following that game there was a lot of controversy surrounding Doan and the Coyotes. Dustin Brown, Dustin Penner, Willie Mitchell and several of the Kings spoke about it on MayorsManor (catch Brown’s exclusive comments here). Plus, even Doan stopped by to weigh-in on things last month.
For the most part, cooler heads seem to have prevailed. Yet, as recently as last week, when we asked Doughty about the idea of Doan joining the Kings he started out with “It’s crazy to think about, given all the bad blood in the playoffs.”
Last night we had a chance to catch up with a few other members of the defending Stanley Cup Champions and here’s what they had to say about the topic…
Matt Greene – “He’s a great player, I mean that’s it. He’s a guy who can definitely improve our team. He’s a big time player in this league. If we’re fortunate enough to get him, then great.”
Jarret Stoll – “I would love it if that happened. He would only make us a tougher team to play against, a heavier team to play against. He battles, we learned that in the playoffs. He’s a tough guy to play against and he always was. I’m sure he wants to win too. So, who knows what happens, but he’d be a great addition if it did happen.”
Doan has already met with members of the Rangers management and is said to be talking with the Canadiens, Flyers, Sharks and Canucks among other teams. Where things stand with the Kings remains unclear at the moment, other than there is definitely interest (along with what’s thought to be a three-year deal on the table).
From a roster standpoint, it sounds like most of the Kings players would bless him coming to LA.
Finally, Doan recently joined the NHLPA talks with the league in New York. There representing the Kings was Kevin Westgarth, who coincidentally would likely be asked to give up his #19 should the Coyotes captain sign in LA. After all, it’s the least he could do to help ease in the new guy, right?