The Blackhawks are one of several teams believed to be pursuing free agent right winger Shane Doan. Now it's known what it will take to sign him if he chooses to leave the Phoenix Coyotes.
While Doan waits for a resolution to the ownership situation in Phoenix, David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail says it will take a four-year deal for 30 million to lure Doan to a new team. That's 7.5 million annually for a player who turns 36 on Oct. 10. Thus, the deal would keep Doan at a high salary through his age 39 season.
Can the Blackhawks even afford Doan? Barely.
Under the current salary cap structure, the Blackhawks have 7,754,872 to spend according to capgeek.com. Doan's demands would leave them with just a little over 250,000 and very little roster flexibility and almost make a salary-dump trade a necessity.
Of course, this is all dependent on the salary cap under the current collective bargaining agreement which seems certain to change once the NHL owners and players' union agree on a new CBA to (hopefully) avoid any kind of work stoppage.
Other teams known to have interest in signing Doan include the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings.
Would you pay Doan 7.5 million for the next four years or should the Blackhawks pass?