Cross Checks: Shane Doan

The Dallas Stars will hit the ice about 90 minutes after the Phoenix Coyotes get going in Columbus on Tuesday night, meaning the Stars will already know what’s going on in that game.

Stars captain Jamie Benn isn’t going to lie: There’s some scoreboard watching going on these days with his team beginning the last week of the regular season one point ahead of the Coyotes for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"It’s kind of hard not to look at the scoreboard," Benn told Monday afternoon. "We’ve been saying it around the room, though, we don’t want to rely on other teams to win games for us or lose games for us. It’s up to us. We definitely have a chance to get into the playoffs ourselves, and we don’t want to be relying on other teams to do our work for us."

No question, meanwhile, the Coyotes will also want to check out how the Stars are faring at home against Nashville on Tuesday night.

"We’ll definitely take the odd glimpse at the scoreboard," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said after his team arrived in Columbus Monday afternoon. "Each team controls their own destiny this week, but at the same time, it’s not like you wouldn’t rather ... get in more comfortably."

As Doan pointed out, both the Stars and Coyotes indeed control their own fate. Dallas is one point ahead and owns the ROW (regulation and overtime wins) tiebreaker, but the Stars and Coyotes finish the regular season against each other Sunday night in Glendale. Therefore, a perfect 4-0-0 record this week clinches the final playoff spot for that team.

"We’d much rather be in Dallas’ position right now than ours, but at the same time, we’re happy we at least control our own destiny," Doan said. "If we find a way to win our games, we’re OK. If we don’t, we’ll have only ourselves to blame."

Quite frankly, with three home games on tap before Sunday’s finale, the Stars sure hope that game in Glendale is meaningless, which would be the case if the Coyotes have one more loss in regulation this week while the Stars win those three home games versus Nashville, Columbus and St. Louis.

"It’s definitely three big games that you have to take advantage of, especially when you’re this close to the playoffs," Benn said. "We’ve got a pretty good home record [21-10-7]. We’re not looking too far ahead to that game against Phoenix. Hopefully it won’t mean anything and we’ll already be in the playoffs by then."

The Coyotes have road games in Columbus and Nashville, followed by back-to-back home games with San Jose and Dallas to close out the regular season.

Neither club has set the world on fire of late, with the Stars missing a golden chance to pad their lead by losing at 29th-place Florida on Sunday and the Coyotes going winless their last four games (0-2-2).

We asked a Western Conference team scout to give us his breakdown of this race. "I'll tell you, it is splitting hairs with these two teams," he wrote via email. "This time of the year, you like a more veteran team to withstand the pressure of making/missing the playoffs, so that goes in favor of Phoenix. Dallas has a much better winning percentage against the remaining teams they play. Phoenix has gotten a lot of mileage out [of] their power play this year and they haven't been as stingy defensively but have improved lately. Dallas is at home three of their last four games and should be hungry to get into the playoffs.

"Analytical people might suggest Phoenix has the upper hand, but I think Dallas gets in. Might be having been on the outside looking in for so long or the extra motivation of the [Rich] Peverley situation. I also think [Kari] Lehtonen can be a wall back there."

The Coyotes haven’t had starting goalie Mike Smith since he injured his knee March 24, but backup Thomas Greiss can’t be blamed for the recent struggles, Doan said.

"He’s been amazing, he’s been really good, it’s got nothing to do with him," said the Coyotes captain. "We’re just not scoring right now."

As in scoring four goals in their last four games. That’s not going to cut it, regardless of who’s in net.

The Stars, meanwhile, are trying to shed a half-decade of misery, as Dallas has missed the playoffs five straight seasons. Finally making the playoffs would matter a ton to that franchise.

"It would mean a lot," said Benn, who is having an outstanding season. "Especially for the players, and the fans as well. They deserve playoff hockey and we want to give it to them."

There’s some leadership coming through over the phone line, loud and clear.

Benn hasn’t yet played an NHL playoff game. But he returned from Sochi, Russia, with an Olympic gold medal hanging around his neck, and the experience he gained playing in those pressure-packed games could come in handy this week.

"You know, I learned a lot over there," Benn said. "We had such a great group of leaders and guys on that team. It’s definitely a different feeling playing those winner-take-all, one-game playoffs. It’s an experience I can bring back in terms of playing in those high-pressure situations in the games that mean the most. It’s going to feel the same this week; you definitely have to win or else you feel like you haven’t done anything."

The reality is that more people picked the Coyotes to make the playoffs this season -- not so much the rebuilding Stars. But the disappointment would be felt equally in both dressing rooms, regardless of differing preseason expectations.

For the Coyotes, Western Conference finalists just two years ago, there’s the added incentive of having new owners who finally stabilized the franchise last summer. Throwing them the odd playoff date would be a nice gesture.

"Yeah, without a doubt, that’s something you think about and you’re aware of," Doan said. "You appreciate what they’ve done for us and you know the playoffs are big for any team, especially for us trying to build in our market going forward."

From that perspective, both of these markets could use that playoff buzz, both needing to build up their respective fan bases.

Lots on the line, indeed, this week for both franchises.

"It’s a time where you have to enjoy it and have fun with it; just enjoy the challenge that’s ahead of us," Benn said.

"It’s going to be a fun week," Doan echoed.

Well, for one team anyway.

Morning jam: How about those Blue Jackets?

February, 12, 2013
Blue Jackets 6, Sharks 2
* Blue Jackets: 4th win this season (4-7-2); did not record 4th win last season until 19th game
* Blue Jackets: 2-4 on power play (2-17 in previous 4 games)
* Patrick Marleau (SJ): Goal (10); snaps 6-game goalless drought (9 goals in 1st 5 games)
* FROM ELIAS: 14 different Columbus players recorded a point but no single player registered more than two points. The total of 14 Blue Jackets players with a point tied a franchise record set in an 8-1 rout of the Blues on Nov. 10, 2010.

Wild 2, Flames 1 (F/SHO)
* Wild: 1st road win of season (1-3-1)
* Wild: 2-0 in shootouts this season (Flames 0-3 in shootouts)
* Niklas Backstrom (MIN): Stopped 2 of 3 shots in shootout
* Flames: 1 win in 6 home games this season

Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2 (F/OT)
* Coyotes: 4-1-0 in last 5 games (started season 2-4-2)
* Shane Doan (PHX): 2 goals, including 11th career OT goal (had 2 goals in first 12 games)
* Avalanche: Winless in last 3 games (0-2-1)

Kings 4, Blues 1
* Jeff Carter (LA): 2 goals (6); 2nd multi-goal game since joining Kings
* Kings: finish 2-3-0 on 5-game road trip
* Blues: 5th straight loss (0-4-1); started season 6-1-0
* FROM ELIAS: Jeff Carter has 28 multi-goal game since the start of the 2008-09 season - only players with more multiple-goal games over the last five seasons: Alex Ovechkin (39), Steven Stamkos (36), Patrick Marleau (35), Sidney Crosby (31)

Hurricanes 6, Islanders 4
* Alexander Semin (CAR): go-ahead goal in 3rd (3); 200th career NHL goal
* Eric Staal (CAR): Goal (8); 9 straight games with a point scored
* John Tavares (NYI): PP Goal in 1st (7); Islanders were 4-of-5 on Power Play (0-of-22 in previous 4 games)
* Islanders: lost 5 straight games
* FROM ELIAS: Semin is the second player from that 2002 draft class to reach the 200-goal plateau. Rick Nash, the first overall pick that year (by Columbus), has scored 292 goals
* FROM ELIAS: Carolina scored all of its goals at even strength and the Islanders scored all of their goals on power plays, only the third game in the last 27 seasons in which each team scored at least four goals, with one team scoring exclusively at even strength and the other team doing so solely on power plays. The other instances since 1985: Rangers' 6-4 victory over the Nordiques on Oct. 13, 1993 (six PPGs by the Rangers), 4-4 tie between the Kings and Blues on Oct. 11, 2000.

Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 2
* Maple Leafs: snap 5-game home losing streak vs Flyers (had scored 4 goals combined in those 5 games)
* Maple Leafs: 5 different players scored
* Flyers: lost 4 straight road games
* Mark Fraser (TOR): 0 points, +5; 12th player in last 8 seasons to be +5 with zero points
For Shane Doan and the rest of his Phoenix Coyotes teammates, it’s a double dose of uncertainty these days.

Being locked out and unsure of when they’ll be able to resume their NHL livelihood is stressful enough, then add in the fact the perpetual ownership saga in Phoenix remains unresolved, and you've got one lousy situation altogether.

But Doan, the Coyotes' captain and face of the franchise for all these years, is trying to maintain a strong front as he waits out both situations.

"You just try to cross each bridge when you get to them," Doan told Thursday. "I know that’s kind of cheesy but that’s what it is. You hope both situations get done soon."

The irony is not lost on Doan, of course, that one situation layers onto the other in the fact that his Coyotes franchise has been brought up during the course of labor discussions since the summer. Specifically, the NHLPA wants to know why it’s on its players -- through reduced player costs in a new CBA -- to pay for money-losing franchises such as Phoenix as part of the league’s effort to get a new CBA that helps reduce owners’ overall costs.

That argument aside, Doan still believes his market could work, given a fair chance.

"People may think this sounds naive, but I really do believe it can work here," he said on the phone from Phoenix. "And I know people don’t believe that. But in the last three years, [the NHL, which is operating the team, has] done absolutely nothing outside of running hockey ops."

Doan's frustration is that the team hasn't had a chance to do the kind of normal selling job to its fan base a franchise would do when it has stable ownership.

"We’ve had zero ability to build off what we've done on the ice the last three years because every summer it’s the same: 'Are we leaving? Are we staying?'" said Doan. "And this time we make it to the conference finals and we generate real excitement and then we get the lockout and we’re talking about staying or leaving again."

It could, in fact, work in Phoenix, Doan said.

"If the ownership was in a stable situation, I believe that we wouldn’t be one of the bottom revenue teams, I believe that we’d be in the middle of the pack and we’d be fine," said Doan. "But being the way it is right now, you understand. I just wouldn’t want to give up on this city without giving us a real shot of having a stable owner and having the ability to make things work here. Because I do think it would work, as much as people may chuckle at that."

In the meantime, he has serious concerns on the labor front. Doan was in Toronto exactly two weeks ago Thursday and took in a short bargaining session when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman rejected all three of the NHLPA’s counteroffers.

"I was glad I was in the room. It was important. I wanted to be there, it was interesting to see how it went and how it works," said Doan. "And in that particular moment we had agreed to come down to 50-50. That was a fairly large concession by the players. From watching when Gary walked out and said, 'They took a step backwards.' That galvanized the players."

That’s a comment I’ve now heard from two dozen players over the past two weeks. It wasn’t the fact the NHL rejected the NHLPA’s three counteroffers, but rather the quick manner in which it was done. It angered the players in the room that day, a room that included the likes of Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby as well as Doan, among others.

"When they just flat-out said 'No' and I’m not sure they really had time to read all three of them, then you realize that it’s a tough situation because they don’t want to negotiate whatsoever," said Doan.

"It’s just more about the money grab," he added. "And, in a way, that’s encouraging as a player in the fact that I think eventually something will get done because it’s more about just how much money they can get than it is about the systemic problems they were talking about earlier on. It really comes down to how much money they can grab, and I understand that."

Perhaps it was along those lines that Doan delivered that gem of a line that day in Toronto after the league rejected all three union offers.

"When people ask for money, they usually say, 'Give me your money or I'm going to hurt you,'" Doan said that day. "They don't say, 'Give me your money and I'm going to hurt you.'"

"There’s that little word of 'and' or 'or,' and that’s kind of important," Doan chuckled Thursday in recalling that line.

Doan simply hopes bargaining resumes soon.

"People may not believe this, but the players are the biggest fans of the game there is," said Doan. "We care so much about the game. We’ve sacrificed a lot for it. We want this deal done so badly."

Doan is the last of the faithful

September, 14, 2012
On a day when the sheer madness of the coming NHL lockout was brought into particular focus with even more over-the-top contract signings, an almost-36-year-old man and a team with no owner offered a brief respite from the pessimism that marks the hockey world.

With NHL owners blithely signing off on more long-term contracts on the eve of a second lockout in eight years, contracts they’re insisting are ruining the game, Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan put his name to a four-year deal that presumably will keep him with the same franchise for the entirety of his sterling career, even as the future of that franchise remains at best fluid, at least uncertain.

Talk about a leap of faith by one of the last of the faithful.

Hotly pursued by a number of NHL clubs and most vigorously by the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers, Doan will make $21.2 million, including a $2 million signing bonus, over the course of the four-year pact.

So this isn’t about Doan being a martyr, something he made very clear Friday afternoon at a news conference at the Coyotes’ home rink in Glendale, Ariz.

He, like all NHL players, will be handsomely paid.

But on the eve of a lockout that looks to silence the game because players and owners can’t find a way to slice up a revenue pie that has grown to $3.3 billion, the Doan transaction, one that had to be OK'd by the NHL as the current owner of the team, was somehow comforting for its simplicity and for the underlying themes his decision represented.

The rugged winger has never won a Stanley Cup. In fact, until this past spring when the Coyotes marched to their first Western Conference finals, Doan had never played in more than seven games in any one playoff year. And so with the Coyotes’ ownership situation continuing to twist in the wind, who could have blamed Doan had he signed with the two-time defending Presidents’ Trophy winners in Vancouver? Or the Rangers, who were an Eastern Conference finalist this past season? Or the Pittsburgh Penguins with all their star power?

He certainly would have made more money while ensuring his family’s security.

But he didn’t.

Even though the team’s ownership situation remains in flux -- a source told on Friday that a group led by former San Jose Sharks president and CEO Greg Jamison hopes to complete the purchase of the team from the NHL by the end of September or shortly thereafter -- Doan refused to walk away from the only team he has ever known.

As one team official put it, Doan is the new face of loyalty.

This franchise has had some pretty big challenges in the past three years, coach Dave Tippett told on Friday after the signing.

But to lose Doan, “that would have been as big a one as we would have ever had,” the former coach of the year said.

In the face of almost constant instability since the team was thrown into bankruptcy and became a ward of the NHL three seasons ago, Doan has represented the opposite.

“In a single word, stability,” Tippett said. “It’s as simple as that.”

In Glendale on Friday afternoon, GM Don Maloney happily gave Doan, who will turn 36 in October, back his jersey, the familiar "C" on the front, his trademark No. 19 on the back. Doan acknowledged the process was more difficult than he had imagined it would be. But when all was said and done, he ended up where he wanted to be.

“I think I made it very clear from the beginning my whole goal was to come back here,” Doan told reporters.

According to, almost $340 million in contracts have been signed by players in the past month. Many of those exceed the five-year limit on contracts that the owners have been trying to bargain into a new collective bargaining agreement. The hypocrisy of such spending in the face of another labor stoppage hasn’t been lost on anyone who laments the future of the game.

Somehow, the Doan deal appears as a final breath of fresh air before the doors go dark on the game, a kind of talisman of hope for the game whenever the game gets around to presenting itself as a game.

Skeptics believe that even if the Coyotes ownership deal gets done, the team will wither and die in the desert, that hockey doesn’t belong in the desert. People have been predicting the team’s demise for a long time now, and many in recent weeks have pointed to the team’s constant near-death spasms as one of the reasons the NHL is headed for another labor impasse.

Still, fans filled Arena during the Yotes’ spirited run to the conference finals this past spring, and new owners, assuming a deal is consummated, will finally get a chance to capitalize on the considerable good will that has been built up in the marketplace by three straight playoff appearances by Doan et al.

Doan insisted one of the reasons he signed with the Coyotes is that he believes the ownership deal will get resolved and that he wants to be part of something special that has been building in Arizona for the past three years.

Those years, he said Friday, have been among the most fun he’s ever had playing the game.

Maybe it works in the desert.

Maybe there are more hard times and, who knows, perhaps even more than a little regret ahead for Doan. But one thing seems clear enough: Had Doan gone elsewhere, the job of selling the belief that the Coyotes do have a place in the NHL and in Arizona would have become exponentially harder, maybe even impossible.

From fans and sponsors on through to the guys in the dressing room -- whenever those guys actually get back to the Coyotes' dressing room -- the job of selling that belief is made easier by Doan’s decision.

Not long after Doan’s signing was made public, a rendering of the Coyotes’ captain appeared on the team’s website with the following tag line: Home for Good, Playing For Keeps.

On a day that made you wonder about the madness that is the coming lockout, it had a nice ring to it.

Morning Links: Doan deal is (almost) done

September, 7, 2012

Morning Links: Canadiens' contract talks

August, 15, 2012
  • Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin does not appear to be antsy to re-sign P.K. Subban, referring to the negotiations as "an ongoing process," and "We’ll get around to it," according to The (Montreal) Gazette. Bergevin also did not mention Subban as being one of the team's core young players. “He’s a good young player,” Bergevin said, according to the report. “There’s a lot of things that come into play, (but) there’s potential there for sure.”
  • Bergevin also confirmed the team has expressed interest in Shane Doan, but said the Phoenix captain has not visited the Habs this summer, according to TSN.
  • Steve Begin required surgery to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs after playing one NHL game this past season, but the 34-year-old center is ready for another shot at the NHL, according to the Calgary Herald. Begin signed a tryout with the Flames after the operation was deemed a success this past weekend.

  • Predators GM David Poile reached out to Shane Doan's agent to express interest in the free agent, Poile told The Tennessean. Poile said it is unlikely Doan will visit Nashville, but not because of a lack of interest, because he is already familiar with the team and the area, according to the report.

    Doan told TSN this weekend that he is doing everything he can to stay in Phoenix, but he has to do some due diligence because of the situation in Phoenix, according to
  • Rick Nash took out a full page ad in The Columbus Dispatch to thank fans for their "unwavering support."
  • Red Wings GM Ken Holland acknowledged the team needs help on the blue line, and Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark and Carlo Colaiacovo are free agents Detroit could possibly go after, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • Holland also told the paper that he hopes fans cheer for Sergei Fedorov in the Winter Classic alumni game. "My feeling is this alumni game is to honor the history, and Sergei has been a big part of our history," Holland told the Free Press. Fedorov was booed by fans after he signed with Anaheim instead of accepting a five-year, $50-million contract with Detroit.
  • Flames defenseman Clay Wilson signed a one-year contract with KHL team Donbass Donetsk, according to the Calgary Sun.

  • As collective bargaining negotiations continue on Tuesday, Craig Adams said he remains optimistic that a deal will be worked out, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. An team NHLPA representative, Adams told the paper the owners are asking for "huge concessions," but that "things are moving along slowly."
  • Shane Doan spoke to Greg Jamison, potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes, on Saturday, but the team's captain still remains on the market, according to the Arizona Republic.
  • Predators GM David Poile told The (Nashville) City Paper that the team's salary structure has to change with the signing of Shea Weber. “I think there’s a model that we’re going to have to adopt. ... You can have maybe four really expensive players -- that seems to be the model. Maybe you can do it like a depth chart -- one goalie, one defenseman, two forwards. Maybe that’s how you can do it. If you have six guys making $7.5 million, I don’t think that’s going to work in any system,” Poile told the paper.
  • The Calgary Flames first-round pick, Mark Jankowski, decided to play for Providence College this year instead of playing junior for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, according to the Calgary Herald.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke spent Monday at training camp for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, according to the Toronto Sun.

  • The biggest name left on the market, Shane Doan is expected to talk to prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison on Friday to gain insight into Jamison's bid to buy the team, according to the Arizona Republic. "We're expecting some type of announcement or debriefing (Friday) regarding the ownership group, and hopefully we get good news and (General Manager) Don (Maloney) and I can start putting pencil to paper," Doan's agent Terry Bross told the paper. "If we don't, I think we're going to start to negotiate with some of the other clubs."

    One the teams believed to be in the Doan hunt, the Detroit Red Wings are now said to be out of the running because the bidding price is too high, a source told The price may also be to high for the Vancouver Canucks, according to The Province. Doan will likely receive multiple four- and five-year offers, which is more than the Canucks may want to spend, according to the Vancouver paper.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers expect to have a contract extension for head coach Peter Laviolette completed within a week, GM Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • The Ottawa Senators are going to place Bobby Butler on waivers and buyout his contract, according to the Ottawa Sun. Butler would make $1.2 million in the final season of a two-year deal. “It’s up to Bobby to show that he can play and show that (the Senators) made a bad decision,” Butler's agent Neil Sheehy told the paper.
  • With Shea Weber signed, the Predators have established a new plan for buying single-game tickets, according to The Tennessean. Seven of the 41 home games have been designated as premium games and fans are required to attend the Skate of the Union at Bridgestone Arena and buy a ticket plan in order to buy tickets to one of those games, according to the paper.

  • Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he hopes to meet with free agent Shane Doan in person now that the forward is visiting with teams, according to Doan met with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers over the weekend. Doan's agent told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the players will visit a couple more teams and the Penguins are likely one of them.
  • Marian Hossa spent many long days in the dark sleeping all day after getting hit by Phoenix's Raffi Torres in the first round of the playoffs, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hossa had a coversation with the Coyotes' suspended forward shortly after the incident. "I told him, 'you can't jump because you're hurting people.' He said, 'I have lots of time to think about it now.' Hopefully, he'll learn from that," Hossa said, according to the paper.
  • Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will be in court Monday morning to contest four charges related to operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, an offense he was accused of and arrested for in August of 2011, according to the Winnipeg Sun.
  • Chicago goalie Corey Crawford insisted he wasn't upset that the Blackhawks pursued Martin Brodeur during free agency, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "Having a chance at [Brodeur], he’s a great goaltender. But at the same time, I can’t really focus on all that stuff. I’ve got to worry about what I’m doing and how I’m preparing myself for the season. All that other stuff, if you start listening to that, it’s just going to become a distraction," Crawford said, according to the report.
  • Sami Salo will be playing in a new city this season, but he is bringing with him the same pregame ritual he uses to remember his father, Toivo Salo, who died in 1995, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "He was the one who put me on skates when I was 5 or 6 years old. He was the one who always after work took me to the hockey practices and games, even though he had a long day," Salo told the paper.
  • The Predators have not yet announced if they will match the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Shea Weber signed with the Flyers, but Nashville Sports Council president and CEO Scott Ramsey said the city is going to bid to host the next available NCAA Frozen Four, according to The Tennessean. The Frozen Four was awarded to Pittsburgh for 2013 and Philadelphia for 2014.

NEW YORK -- To all those teams awaiting veteran free agent Shane Doan’s decision, let it be known that it’s wearing on him, too.

The 35-year-old forward, one of the top offensive talents remaining on the market, wants to see his situation resolved soon.

Doan repeatedly has stated his desire to return to the Phoenix Coyotes, but he currently is monitoring the ownership situation in Glendale, Ariz., before making a decision on whether to stay or sign elsewhere.

"I want to make it as soon as I can," Doan said Thursday outside NHL offices in Manhattan, where he and other NHLPA members gathered to participate in the latest round of labor discussions.

Coming off a 50-point season, Doan said he has received varying degrees of interest from several teams but does not want to mislead any about his first priority: to remain with the organization for which he has played for the past 16 years.

"I’ve made no bones about the fact that I want to go back to Phoenix if the situation works out," he said.

Doan acknowledged that the holding pattern he has endured while waiting to see whether Greg Jamison’s purchase of the team will be completed has handcuffed suitors. He said he was grateful for their understanding.

"Teams have been great about being patient with me, and I appreciate it so much because I know the fluidity of the market and the way that it moves," Doan said. "The teams have been so kind to my family and understanding the situation we're in. That being said, eventually I have to make a decision, and it'll have to probably be without all the information."

Doan sounded both eager to decide, and frustrated about the lack of certainty and information with regards to Phoenix’s ownership situation.

Last week, two ballot measures were rejected by the City of Glendale that could affect the $324 million lease agreement with Jamison. Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, told multiple news outlets that recent communication from Jamison’s group has been sparse.

"The hardest thing is that no one really has any idea. It just keeps getting pushed further down the road," Doan said.

When asked specifically whether he’d consider playing for the Rangers, who are believed to be interested, Doan responded: "I’ve got a few teams that you look at and that you’re serious about. That being said, I’ve also talked with some teams that I didn't think I was [serious about], but that kind of made their case.

"When it comes down to it, I’ll really make my decision. I don’t want to put anybody in a situation where you feel like, you know, if you impress me, I’ll come," he said. "Until I make my decision, I don’t want to force anyone’s hand."
  • A source told the Toronto Sun that the Maple Leafs' interest in Kings backup Jonathan Bernier has intensified. It is unclear if an actual offer has been made, but Leafs forward Matt Frattin has been mentioned in talks, according to the report.
  • Shane Doan hopes Coyotes potential buyer Greg Jamison will give him some reassurance by Friday that the sale of the team will go through, according to the Arizona Republic. Doan's agent said the forward's preference is to return to Phoenix, but they will narrow down the list of options to four to six teams by this weekend, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • The CEO of MADD Canada wants the NHL to follow steps taken by the NFL when it comes to players convicted of driving drunk, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. The NFL has punished players for driving impaired and had MADD address rookies. Andrew Murie told the paper that Gary Bettman "has shown no interest."
  • Jordin Tootoo told reporters he is in the prime of his career and ready to earn a larger role when he was introduced by the Red Wings on Wednesday, according to The Detroit News. "I'm a guy who gets out there and works, you know?" Tootoo said, according to the report. "I love my teammates. I play for them, and my ultimate goal is winning. I'm going to do whatever it takes."
  • Adrian Aucoin said he knows the Blue Jackets signed him to mentor their young players, but he would not have gone to Columbus if both sides didn't agree that Aucoin could still be a productive player, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

  • The Red Wings are close to signing Kyle Quincey and hope to avoid arbitration with the free agent defenseman, GM Ken Holland told The Detroit News. Negotiations are also going well with Justin Abdelkader, which is why he did not file for arbitration, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • Coyotes GM Don Maloney said it might be weeks before Shane Doan makes a decision on where to sign but the team does not mind waiting, according to The Arizona Republic. Maloney also told the paper the team has "regular communication" with Doan and is confident they can re-sign him.
  • The Red Wings made "a hell of an offer" to the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash, but Columbus appears to have no interest in trading their star forward to Detroit, according to
  • Predators GM David Poile said he talked to Shea Weber's agents on Monday about the team's future and hopes to talk to them again this week, according to The Tennessean.
  • The Jets are working on a long-term deal with Evander Kane that could lock up the forward for up to six years, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
  • The city of Edmonton is looking for ways to reduce the cost of building a new arena, but Mayor Stephen Mandel wants to make sure that quality isn't sacrificed, according to the Edmonton Journal. “We have heard time and again from citizens they don’t want us to build something for crap ... I think it’s important for council to make a decision for 30 years, not 35 minutes,” Mandel told the paper.
  • Chris Mason decided to sign with the Predators because he wanted to be on a winning team instead of one that was rebuilding, and he said Ryan Suter's departure hasn't made him regret his decision, according to The (Nashville) City Paper.