Some interesting developments over the weekend: Shane Doan, captain of the Phoenix Coyotes, was reportedly offered $30 million in a four year contract from an Eastern Conference team, according to NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk.
It begs the question: could it have been the New York Rangers?
At four years, $30 million – that equates to an average annual value of $7.5 million – the Rangers currently would be able to make a deal for Doan, with $15,116,666 in available cap space, according to CapGeek.com.
But the Rangers are still tied down with the strong possibility of re-signing restricted free agents Anton Stralman and Michael Del Zotto. Throw in the possibility of re-signing unrestricted free agent Steve Eminger, and the available cap space diminishes even further.
Barring any other major trade for the Columbus Blue Jackets’ captain Rick Nash, the Rangers would have to make a tight squeeze to acquire Doan on strictly financial terms (i.e., no player-for-player trades). It’s certainly possible for the Rangers to make room for Doan, but it could be tight.
The other possibility of course is that it wasn’t the Rangers who offered Doan the $30 million contract in the first place. I could definitely see the Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren throwing money at luring Doan. But as was the case with Zach Parise, do the Flyers legitimately even want Parise, or are they trying to inflate the value of Doan even more to make it harder for their competitors to acquire?
One thing is for sure: we may not have an answer from Doan for at least another week. Originally, Doan wanted to wait for July 9 to see if a referendum would be passed barring the Coyotes franchise from staying. That failed, and therefore opened the door to bring forward progress for former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison to purchase the franchise.
A new, tentative date of July 16 was set by Doan’s agent, but he quickly rescinded that notion stating that “Doan could take a week or more” to decide his fate.
We can only hope that an answer for Doan arrives much sooner than Nash.