Did the Hurricanes Make The Push For Shane Doan?

By Nick Marek

All the rumors are flooding the Internet that some team offered one of the top remaining free agents a four year deal worth just over 30 million dollars.

It has yet to be released what team offered 35-year-old Shane Doan the contract, but Phoenix radio talk show host John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) says the rumors may in fact be true.

“NHL source just confirmed to me that an Eastern Conference team has offered Coyotes Captain Shane Doan a 4-year deal worth more than 30 mill,” Gambadoro tweeted.

Ludicrous? Perhaps. But the team who offered that size of a contract realizes they need to overpay to have a top forward on their team. The Hurricanes do fit that mold.

Earlier this month, it was rumored that the Phoenix Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and maybe ten other teams have all expressed interest in the power forward.

Carolina was one of the sixteen organizations or so who reached out to Doan, however, they are not quite championship contenders like the other teams listed above. It would only make sense that the Hurricanes may have been the team to offer the insane amount of cash.

The unrestricted free agent would make $7.5 million a year over a four year span if he were to accept that offer from the mystery team. This past season, Doan made just under five million in a Coyote sweater.

If we want to play the guessing game, the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets could be other possible teams who offered Doan that contract. Like the Hurricanes, the Senators and Jets also have around $20 million in cap space and have been pursuing forwards this off-season.

However, the 50 point scorer did expressed a week ago that he would like to play on a contending team if he were to leave Phoenix. Carolina is trying to make moves to become a playoff contender so why not open the checkbook to catch Doan’s attention? Money, a younger team, and an excited new coach are the three chips that the Canes need to play if they want to pursue the Coyotes captain.

Whether you agree or disagree with the contract offer, Doan’s tough playing style and knack for putting up points would fit the needs of the Hurricanes. We would have to wait and see until the season starts to see if he would be worth that kind of commitment but the Hurricanes need to make a push. They believe Doan could fulfill their void on the top line next to the Staals and put up 60+ points.

They already missed out on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and arguably Rick Nash and Alexander Semin. The Hurricanes said they would not be afraid to spend money. If that 4 year, 30 mil offer was from Carolina then they are not afraid. If you were to take a risk on Doan or Semin, it makes more sense to pick the veteran because of what he has proven in his career.

As of now, the Coyotes are still the favorites to win the Doan sweepstakes because his family is happy living there on the farm and the Yotes have proven to be contenders. But that does not mean all hope is lost to pull Doan away from the desert.

Shane Doan has not recorded less than 50 points since the 2001-02 season and he has a lot of potential suitors waiting for his decision. Doan will not give a timetable for his decision, but for the Hurricanes, they can only hope their offer (if they made/make one) gives him something to think about.


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