Shane Doan is one of the best free agents still available, and it is still uncertain where he will end up. The 35-year old winger was still productive last year as he put up 22 goals and 28 assists as the captain of the Phoenix Coyotes. He has a career of 318 goals and 470 assists, but he is surely on the downside of that great career as he is getting up there in age. Doan is also a physical player which is a plus and obviously a leader as we can see by his captain status with Pheonix.
The Buffalo Sabers have reportedly offered a four year, 30 million dollar contract which seems a bit high for a 35-year old 50 point player. The contract offer probably makes them the front runner to land Doan, along with the Coyotes. Phoenix coach Dave Tippet still believes that Pheonix has a good chance at resigning Doan. The only way I see that happening is if Doan takes a hometown discount to play once again for the only team he has ever played for.
The Blues were mentioned earlier, but after seeing the contract offered by Buffalo there is no way the Blues will pay that much for Doan. The Blues most likely do not want to pay Doan anymore than Backes who is younger and at this point in his career a better player. Other teams that have money to spend and will be competitive may also be interested in Doan. Central Division rivals Detroit and Nashville have also been mentioned, but I believe the huge contract to Weber most likely takes Nashville out of the running. Doan does not seem to be in a hurry to make a decision which is understandable, because the season may not even start on time. As a Blues fan Buffalo would seem like a good fit that way we only see him once or twice a year unless it’s in the Stanley Cup, which would definitely be something I could live with.