Shane Doan is both a bastard and a player I’ve wanted on the Wings for a while. He’s got that toughness, grit and goal scoring talents that we haven’t had up front for a while. Since Shanny actually (though certainly not at the same level.) He wears his heart on his sleeve and while occasionally has a dirty hit, isn’t a dirty player.
Well, it’s looking like he’s going to the open market on July 1st and I think the Wings should make a play for him. Helene St. James agrees with me (I started this damn article yesterday and shoulda finished it before she jumped on the bandwagon.)
Shane Doan, a Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes lifer, is, in all likelihood, going to be available when free agency opens Sunday — and that will get the attention of numerous NHL teams, including the Red Wings.
Doan is known around the league for his leadership and desire to win. He has captained the Coyotes since 2003-04 and falls into the classic mold of someone who leads by example. He’ll be 36 in October, but he’s a durable guy — over the past seven seasons, he has played in 550 of 574 possible regular-season games. The only games he missed last season were the three for which he was suspended by the NHL.
He has good size, at 6-feet-1 and 220 pounds, and he shoots right, which would be helpful for the Wings, who are very heavy on lefty shots.
Hit the jump to see where Doan would fit in:
He’s getting up there in age, but can still score at a good rate, even on a team like Phoenix:
In 16 seasons, he has reached at least 20 goals 11 times, including each of the past two. He plays in all situations: power play, penalty kill, late in games when leading or trailing. He averaged just under 20 minutes per game last season, tops among the team’s forwards. In the playoffs, he was tied for the team lead with five goals and second with nine points in 16 games, and again led all of Phoenix’s forwards with an average ice time of nearly 21 minutes.
I think he’d fit in real nice as a second or third liner and make this team absolutely dominate up front.
Franzen – Datsyuk – Parise/Semin
Filppula – Zetterberg – Doan
Bertuzzi – Helm – Brunner
Cleary – Abdelkader – Eaves / Miller / Homer
Helene makes the same pitch:
With the Wings, Doan would play for a team that averages more than 20,000 in attendance per home game and has made the playoffs 21 straight seasons. It hasn’t gone well the past three years in the playoffs, but Doan could help be part of the solution. It’s hard to think he wouldn’t be a fabulous fit on Pavel Datsyuk’s right side, maybe with big winger Johan Franzen on the left. Having Doan for a winger would be symbiotic for Datsyuk, because Doan is a keep-the-flies-off type of player.
While I’m busy studying for the bar/flashing Jelly Bean on my Nexus, I’ll throw it to the readers, what do you all think?