GLENDALE AZ - SEPTEMBER 23: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up before the preseason NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena on September 23 2010 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Shane Doan is in town today, visiting with the Philadelphia Flyers organization after doing the same drill yesterday 90 minutes north in New York City with the Rangers. According to John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR radio in Phoenix, these are the only two visits Doan has been on so far, but that could be because the two cities are close together and he's here for CBA negotiations with the NHL Players' Association.
The 35-year-old has been an unrestricted free agent since July 1, and all accounts are that his wish is to remain a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. Doan has played his whole career in the Coyotes organization, making his NHL debut in 1995-96 when they were still the Winnipeg Jets. He's been captain of the Coyotes since 2003-04.
It's easy to see why Doan wouldn't want to leave the only organization he's ever known, especially given the role he still has in that organization at this stage of his career, but the free agent market has apparently been nice to him. Gambadoro reported last week that Doan received a hefty four-year, $30 million offer from an unknown Eastern Conference team.
Given that news and the news that Doan's only visited with two teams in the East is unsettling, because that contract offer is batshit crazy. But all things considered, grabbing Doan for the right price would be a nice move to bolster the Flyers up front after losing James van Riemsdyk and Jaromir Jagr this offseason.
Any team looking to sign Doan is going to have to wait on the Coyotes' sale situation to clear up, though. Doan seems set on waiting for clarity there before making a decision on his future.