NHL Rumors: Shane Doan, the Montreal Canadien?

The recently-concluded saga of the Rick Nash trade had eclipsed the fact that Shane Doan is still potentially looking into new teams.

Doan’s first preference is to stay with the only team he has ever known, the Phoenix Coyotes, and he wants to ensure that the team’s new prospective buyer is making moves towards buying the Coyotes.

In fact, he’s given Greg Jamison and his group another deadline: July 27, this time to just show that positive progress is being made in the direction of a purchase.

In the meantime, though, he is looking at other options, mostly due to convenience. While in New York for collective bargaining agreement talks recently, he decided to pay visits to two easily-accessible teams in the area, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Both teams have the financial ability to take him on–even with Nash added in, the Rangers have room to spare, and while the Flyers are hovering closer to the salary cap, they have some space as well.

Now Doan is planning to visit a team north of the border, one with a family connection. Next week, he is going to take a look at the Montreal Canadiens, where his cousin Carey Price minds the net.

The Canadiens had an uncharacteristically bad season. Not only did they finish at the bottom of the Northeast Division, they were in the basement of the entire Eastern Conference with a 31-35-16 record and 78 points. (In fact, those 31 wins were 29th in the entire league and only Columbus won fewer games.) Considering that, one year before, they took the eventual Stanley Cup champions to seven games–and the last one had to be settled in overtime–this drop was very dramatic indeed. This is a team that would potentially be in the market for a veteran forward with leadership experience who can still score with regularity (Doan had a 50-point season) despite being 35 years old. Plus, he would be with family.

Still, this is merely an exploratory visit. Doan remains likely to stay with the Coyotes, especially if he hears good news from Jamison and his group later this week.

 

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