Through a brief email correspondence with agent Terry Bross, we here at The Predatorial learned today that veteran Phoenix Coyotes captain and right-winger Shane Doan could be a possible target for the Nashville Predators. While we know now that Nashville’s brass has reached out to Bross and his company Legarede Unlimited, the real question is if Doan would possibly want to come to Nashville?
The 35 year old has played with the Phoenix Coyotes since being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets 7th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. In that time, he’s amassed nearly 1,200 games played (1,198) and scored 788 points in that span (318g, 470a). Doan has scored 50+ points in 11 of his past 12 seasons and has 28 points in 55 career playoff games.
Would Doan be a good fit in Nashville? Absolutely. Playing with the Phoenix Coyotes make this a no-brainer. Even before the time of Dave Tippett, Doan has played an intense two-way brand of hockey and captains a team that can only be described as a “mirror-image” to the Nashville Predators. Heck, they played the same type of game Nashville does and it brought them to the Western Conference Finals this past season.
Would Doan want to come to Nashville? That’s the real dilemma. Obviously the ownership/team issues in Phoenix give any free agent that’s considering signing in the desert something to think about, but at the same time Doan has many options now. With over 11 teams trying to court him to sign on, he has quite a lot to think about. Don’t count what could easily be the front-runner of this race as well: The Vancouver Canucks.
Why the Canucks? James Mirtle of The Globe & Mail noted today that Doan’s wife is from Kamloops, British Columbia, a 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver, where they spend a fair amount of time in the off-season. Doan is also part owner of the Kamloops Blazers, part of the Canadian Hockey League.
While it seems that Vancouver could be a very real destination for Doan, the Predators have reached out and expressed their interest in Shane Doan. To what degree? We’re not sure right now, but it’s safe to assume that if David Poile wants Doan he’ll do what he can to get him in a gold sweater next season. We’ll update this story as we find out more details