The St. Louis Blues have been rumored to be interested in both Shane Doan and Brenden Morrow. Both are veteran players and have been in the NHL for awhile. First some positive and possible negatives to signing Doan.
I will start with the positives. Doan will obviously bring more leadership to the Blues as he served as captain for the Phoenix Coyotes. Even at 35 years old Doan played in 79 games last season, registering 22 goals and adding 28 assists last season. He seems to be the type of player who does not mind getting down near the net and putting in the garbage goals. Doan is a free agent, which means the Blues would not give up any current players to acquire him, albeit undoubtedly a lofty sum.
There are some negatives associated with Doan, most of which have nothing to do with his play. There are reports an unknown Eastern Conference team offered Doan a 4-year $30 million dollar contract. If the Blues were to match the offer and get Doan, he would fall under an NHL 35+ rule meaning even if Doan retires two years into the contract the Blues would still take the cap hit until the contract runs out. At 35 Doan’s best hockey is most likely behind him and he has only been a 30 goals scorer twice in his NHL career. One of the positives of Doan being a free agent can also turn to a negative for a team like the Blues. If the Blues put up the kind of money rumored to sign Doan they could end up losing players currently on the roster in the upcoming years because of the cap hit from Doan’s contract.
I’ll now shift focus to the Dallas Star’s Brenden Morrow. Morrow is 33 years old and 2 years younger than Doan. Morrow also would bring leadership to the Blues since he was the captain for the Stars. Morrow is in the last year of his contract so if things did not work out in St. Louis they only have a one year commitment to him. He is a consistent two-way player, and would definitely be a good fit in the system under head coach Ken Hitchcock.