Contract hold-ups for Doan, Semin

Updated: July 17, 2012, 1:00 PM ET
By Craig Custance

They're far and away the two best free-agent forwards available. Yet, with August closing in, Shane Doan and Alexander Semin still don't have contracts to play next season and, in both cases, it's not because of a lack of interest. But the reasons each one remains unsigned are quite different.

First, there's Doan. From the outset, he's made it clear that he wants to play for the Phoenix Coyotes next season. If there were stable ownership there, a deal would be done.