Well, it became “official” today. The Wings have contacted Shane Doan about signing in Detroit. And according to his agent, he may be interested in playing for the Wings and no other team. Well, most of that was true, except for the ‘no other team’ part, as noted here by Puck Daddy. Looks like we’ll know more tomorrow?
I’m kind of hoping he joins the Wings. I think he fills the role of “old guy in the room that has never won so let’s play for him!” previously filled by Dallas Drake. He’s still capable of scoring, and playing with Datsyuk and/or Zetterberg would certainly increase his already decent stats. I can see him going from 50 points to 65-70 on the Wings if he plays with the right people. He also “plays with an edge” and will much things up. He’s also pretty dirty sometimes, as shown in the video here:
Yeah, that was pretty bad. However, the Wings did sign Jordin Tootoo, so, I guess all bets are off in the “players who are kind of douchey but really good aggravating other teams” department. I wish that was a real department.
So, what kind of money and term will Doan be asking for if he leaves Phoenix (more on this in a second)? I haven’t seen any figures from credible sources, but my guess is a 3 year deal worth about $5 million a season. I think that’s a little bit high, but with what seems like every single team after him, it wouldn’t be a terrible contract. If he wants more than three years, I would then have to back away. He’s now in the wonderful “35+” contract zone, so if he decides to retire, his cap hit counts. Who knows, he could get hurt and then be done. I know that’s a risk even at 4 seasons, but you do have to take some risk.
Now, will he actually leave the Coyotes? According to this article on NHL.com by Dan Rosen, Doan is trying to see about the future of the Coyotes. Long story short, they have a bid and deal in place to keep the team in Arizona, but the Goldwater Institute (conservative watchdog group) isn’t happy about it. My opinion is that he’ll sign a one year contract to stay in Phoenix. By then, all this legal crap should be decided. Plus, it gives him an option of leaving after the season if the Coyotes regress and he wants to Ray Bourque out of town and have a chance at a cup. By the way, I would not respect him any less for doing that.
Any thoughts on the Wings signing Doan? You know the drill – yell at me on the twitter machine (@KevinN37). OH, I forgot one thing. If the Wings sign Doan, I wonder if he would do this like this in practice… (no, I’m still not over the Mikael Samuelsson signing).