It appears that Shane Doan is finally ready to think about life after the Phoenix Coyotes as the franchise continues to wage its battle for existence in Arizona.
The thirty-something captain of the Coyotes was waiting until this week to begin fielding offers elsewhere. He's considered a valuable commodity on the market given his leadership and an ability score 20-plus goals while playing with toughness at both ends of the ice.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, Doan isn't considering Boston as a potential landing spot, according to a source with knowledge of his situation.
Instead, Doan is looking to stay in the Western Conference to be close to his family. The San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Doan.
The stalwart winger still has plenty left in the tank, and is seeking a four-to-five-year deal that should take him to the end of his career.
The Bruins have been interested in upgrading with a veteran forward this summer, but Peter Chiarelli hasn't found the right fit in free agency for that "Recchi-type." Veteran free agents this season largely haven't been interested in wearing Black and Gold. Both Ray Whitney and Doan would have been perfect fits for the Bruins, but Boston simply isn't geographically desirable for some players.
It appears increasingly likely that the Bruins will start the season with 21-year-old Jordan Caron penciled into the third line winger role with competition in training camp from Chris Bourque, Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner.
There's always still the chance Chiarelli and Co. pull off a deal for a veteran forward who wants to be in Boston rather than attempt to sell the city to players that are looking elsewhere for NHL jobs.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.
*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.
*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.
*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.
*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.
*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.
*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.
*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.
*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?
*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.
*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.
*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.