Doan moves back deadline and Selanne signs for one more year

Shane Doan helped the Coyotes to the Western Conference final for the first time in their history last season. (Elliot from Castro Valley, California/Wikimedia Commons)

By: Tim Kolupanowich, Executive Editor

@TimKolupan_

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has been one of several stars expecting to switch teams this offseason, but that doesn’t mean he’s still not trying to work something out with the Yotes.

Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports that Doan, 35, has extended his original July 9 deadline to get a deal finished up to this Monday, July 16. There are a lot of factors in Doan’s decision, most notably Phoenix’s lack of ownership and whether or not they will move to Quebec next season.

Rosen explains Doan is biding his time, waiting to see if Greg Jamison’s bid to buy the Coyotes goes through. He reports:

Jamison’s bid to buy the Coyotes includes an approved 20-year, $324 million lease agreement with the City of Glendale. That agreement passed in the city council by a 4-2 vote but was subsequently held up in court early last month.

Two Glendale residents who oppose the lease agreement, Ken Jones and Joe Cobb, have been trying to gather enough signatures in order to get a referendum on the November ballot regarding the deal between the city and Jamison.

The article states there are as many as 11 teams interested in Doan’s services, including the Los Angeles Kings who defeated Doan’s Coyotes in the Western Conference final. There was a lot of tension in the handshake line when the series ended due to Kings captain Dustin Brown’s knee-on-knee to defenseman Michal Rozsival followed shortly by the series-winning goal in overtime.

USA Today reports there are actually as many as 16 teams interested in Doan and four or five have made former offers to the winger and career-long Coyote/Jet. Kevin Allen reports Doan’s wish is to stay with the Coyotes, but wants the team to remain in Glendale.

(Agent Terry) Bross said Doan has been traveling by car in western Canada and has been difficult to reach. But the agent planned to talk to him either late Wednesday or early Thursday to discuss his options.

Doan, who has been with the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise his entire career, has indicated he would prefer to stay with the Coyotes, provided he can be convinced that Greg Jamison’s proposal to buy the team and keep it in Glendale, Ariz., is going to happen.

One complication is some Glendale residents are trying to obtain enough signatures on petitions to hold a referendum on the city’s 20-year, $324 million arena management deal with Jamison.

The deadline for the signatures was supposed to be last Monday, but organizers of the petition drive believe it should be next Monday because that would be a month after they received the paperwork.

There are clearly many hurdles to go over, but it looks as though Doan is waiting the make sure he can make the best decision for every party involved.

Other teams besides Los Angeles that are interested in Doan are the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks.

Sean Yuille of SB Nation Detroit believes the Wings are a good fit for the veteran of 1,253 regular season and playoff games. There are younger and more talented players available, but Detroit hasn’t been able to work out anything else.

The Detroit Red Wings are believed to be one of the teams that have offered Doan a deal. It became evident after Zach Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild that Doan is the Red Wings’ backup plan at forward. They haven’t expressed a ton of interest in free agentAlexander Semin, and currently trade talks regarding Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan don’t appear to be going anywhere.

Yuille believes Detroit wold be a good match for Doan in the final stages of his career and the ever-present opportunity for a Stanley Cup awaits him there as well.

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Teemu Selanne has officially signed on to play his 20th season. (Hockeybroad/Cherly Adams/Wikimedia Commons)

Staying in the Pacific Division, Teemu Selanne, 42, will return for a 20th season. The Finnish Flash signed for one year, reportedly at $4.5 million, for his 14th season in Anaheim. He is the franchise’s leader in games (856), goals (436), assists (501) and points (937). All-time he is 47th in games played (1,341), 12th in goals (663), 42nd in assists (743) and 19th in points (1,406).

He’s not too far from moving up in some categories either. Selanne is only two goal behind Jaromir Jagr for 11th all-time and Luc Robitaille for 10th. A 25-goal season will tie Selanne with Mario Lemieux with 690. He’s also three points behind Dale Hawerchuk for 18th in points, eight behind Doug Gilmour, 14 behind Adam Oates and 19 behind Bryan Trottier for 15th all time. Sixty-one points would tie him with Stan Mikita for 14th with 1,467 points.

Twenty-five goals and 61 points in not out of the realm of possibility either. the 31-49-80 he put up in 2010-11 is the third highest point total for a 40-year-old (only behind Gordie Howe, 44-59-103 in ’68-69 and Johnny Bucyk, 36-47-83 in ’75-76) and the 26-40-66 is the sixth highest total.

One legend already retired this summer when Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom hung up the skates, so it’s good we get to see Selanne for one more year. As we recently discussed, Selanne is not only one of the most talented players to ever lace up a pair of skates, but also one of the most respected.

Selanne is now one of just three players remaining from the Swingers-immortalized NHL 94 video game (Warning: strong language in clip), the others being Jaromir Jagr and Roman Hamrlik.

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