PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 22: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 22 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Tonight marks Doan's 1,098th game with the franchise which ties him for the all-time games-played record. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Shane Doan continues to visit various NHL clubs as he awaits more clarity from the Phoenix Coyotes. His agent says he'd like to get a deal done before the current CBA expires.

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San Jose Sharks Reported Favorite In Shane Doan Derby

It's now August and Shane Doan is still distinctly available on the free agent market in the NHL. He's visited with more than half of the Atlantic Division, several other teams around the league and has received interest from countless others. One potential darkhorse favorite in this race? The San Jose Sharks.

According to CSN California, the Sharks are indeed a favorite for Doan's services should he decide not to return to the Coyotes. San Jose doesn't have the cap space to fit in the $7.5 million cap hit Doan's reported contract demand would carry, but the team can go over the salary cap by 10 percent during the offseason. That would give them time to make a subsequent move to shed salary in the event Doan signs there.

We've sort of been under the assumption that if things don't work out for Doan with the Phoenix Coyotes -- and he still does hope it will work out there -- that he'd come to one of the big markets around the league. New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh all seem like possible options, and he's also visited with the Vancouver Canucks, another big money club. The Sharks are definitely off the radar a bit, at least in terms of what we've expected to date.

For more on the Doan, check in with SB Nation Arizona and Coyotes blog Five For Howling.


Shane Doan's Free Agency Decision Could Come Soon After Meeting With Greg Jamison

Shane Doan wants to hear good news on the Phoenix Coyotes sale front Friday, but if he doesn't get the necessary assurance from prospective team owner Greg Jamison, he's going to begin looking elsewhere. Doan has visited with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers to date, but it's unknown his level of interest in those two clubs. It's widely known that Doan would prefer to stay in Phoenix as captain of the only franchise he's ever played for.

Via the Arizona Republic, here's Doan's agent Terry Bross:

"I say there are three or four that he's very serious about," Bross said. "There's probably two more that he has a lot of interest in."

Should Doan choose to leave the Coyotes, he could have a new address quickly.

"I wouldn't be shocked if we had a decision next week," Bross said.

Bross also says that the Montreal Canadiens could be another team Doan visits on a trip to the East Coast either over the weekend or this week. Then again, if Doan hears the answers he wants from Jamison and other partners still attempting to close the Coyotes sale, he could simply sign another deal in Phoenix.

For more on the sale situation in Phoenix, stick with our StoryStream and check in with SB Nation Arizona and Coyotes blog Five For Howling.


Phoenix Coyotes Sale: Concerns Raised On Greg Jamison's Ability To Finalize Deal

Greg Jamison is still trying to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, but as the club faces a Friday deadline from captain Shane Doan to either finalize or make notable progress in a deal, it appears confidence is waning in Jamison's ability to complete the purchase.

According to the Phoenix Business Journal, folks close to the situation in Arizona are becoming increasingly nervous about Jamison's ability to gather the funds required to purchase the team. The NHL, which has controlled the team since purchasing them out of bankruptcy in 2009, is attempting to sell the club to Jamison for somewhere around $170 million. Jamison has never publicly stated who his partners are in attempting to purchase the Coyotes.

The City of Glendale has approved a lease agreement between Jamison and Arena, the City-owned home of the Coyotes. The deal was challenged by several local residents, but all attempts to push the decision to the fall ballot have failed.

Jamison obviously cannot sign the agreement until he owns the team, and the longer he takes to come up with the necessary money, the worse news gets for both Doan's future in Arizona and the club's future in Arizona.

Relocation for the 2012-13 season seems impossible this late on the NHL offseason calendar, even if the NHL would rather not operate the team for a fourth-straight season in Glendale, but a newly-elected council will take office in January and there's no sign that they'll be supportive of the lease agreement if it's still unsigned by Jamison.

Doan's agent, Terry Bross, has told media in Phoenix that his client will begin looking seriously at other teams after Friday, and that signing with one of those clubs could follow soon after.

For more on the sale situation in Phoenix, stick with our StoryStream and check in with SB Nation Arizona and Coyotes blog Five For Howling.


Shane Doan 'Likely' To Visit Penguins After Seeing Rangers, Flyers

Shane Doan was in New York City last week with the NHL Players' Association, sitting in a room with executives and lawyers from the NHL as the two sides negotiate over the expiring collective bargaining agreement.

While in town, Doan did a little sightseeing, visiting with the New York Rangers late in the week. He made the trek down the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday and did the same with the Philadelphia Flyers, and now the unrestricted free agent has Pittsburgh on his list. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Doan will likely meet with the Penguins "shortly."

Although [agent Terry] Bross said it wasn't "for certain" that Doan will visit with the Penguins, he gave a far more encouraging tone than last week regarding his client's odds of playing with the Penguins.

"Shane is going to visit a couple of more teams," Bross told the Tribune-Review on Sunday. "I'm pretty sure Pittsburgh will be one of them. He is interested in the Penguins."

Penguins general manager Ray Shero has made Doan an offer. It was reported two weeks ago that an unknown Eastern Conference team had offered Doan a massive four-year, $30 million contract, although it's unclear if that team was either the Penguins, Flyers or Rangers. It's believed that Doan would prefer to remain in Phoenix with the Coyotes, but ownership uncertainty there is delaying his final decision.

For more on Shane Doan's tour of the Atlantic Division, stick with our StoryStream. For more on the Phoenix Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona.


Shane Doan Not Ready To Make Decision: Penguins Latest Team To Make Offer

The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially offered a contract to unrestricted free agent Shane Doan, according to his agent, speaking in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Agent Terry Bross told the paper that Doan has interest in the Pens, but it seems as though he's still waiting for the ownership situation in Phoenix to become more clear.

Bross told the Detroit Free Press -- the Red Wings are another team with an offer out for Doan, according to reports -- that "nothing's happening right now" with Doan and that he's still waiting "a couple more days" to see whether or not the sale of the Coyotes to a group led by Greg Jamison will go through.

Groups in Glendale, Ariz. are trying to hold up that deal by petitioning to get a referendum on the fall ballot, but so far those attempts have proven unsuccessful.

Phoenix is still definitely Doan's first choice. He's played his entire career for the organization and is the beloved captain there, but with the team's future in Arizona still fairly uncertain, Doan remains to keep his options open.

For more on the Doan, check in with SB Nation Arizona and Coyotes blog Five For Howling.


Shane Doan Offered Mega Contract From Unknown Eastern Team, Says Report

An unidentified Eastern Conference team has offered unrestricted NHL free agent Shane Doan a massive four-year, $30 million contract according to a report from 620 KTAR radio in Phoenix. The deal would carry a cap hit of $7.5 million per season and would extend until 2016 when Doan is age 39.

The free agent still hopes to sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, the organization for which he's played his entire career. He's waiting for more clarity in their ownership situation before making an ultimate decision, but it's unlikely that the cash-strapped, still NHL-owned franchise could match this lucrative reported offer.

It seems likely that the hefty offer could be coming from a team desperate to reach the salary cap floor, but it's also possible that one of the bigger market clubs in the East -- all of which missed out on Zach Parise earlier in the offseason -- could throw a big contract at Doan in hopes of cutting those prior losses.


Shane Doan Has Plenty Of Interested Suitors

Shane Doan wants to stay in Phoenix, but ownership uncertainty could drive him out of town. If that happens, plenty of teams are interested.

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