Shane Doan

Report: Red Wings waiting on Doan


The Detroit Red Wings will sit and wait patiently while Shane Doan makes up his mind about where he wants to play next season, reports Helene St. James of the Free Press.

“He’s what they need, they won’t do anything else (other than take care of RFAs),” tweets St. James.

It’s not known how long the Wings will be forced to wait on Doan, whose agent says there’s no timeline for his client to sign with a team.

One NHL GM is “90 percent sure” Doan will remain in Phoenix.

Which begs the question, if Doan re-signs with the Coyotes, will the Red Wings look at Alex Semin? Doan and Semin are far from the same player, but the list of free-agent forwards that can put the puck in the net is a slim one.

It’s also tempting to think what Semin could do skating with Pavel Datsyuk.

Quick on save percentage: ‘Those numbers don’t mean nothing’

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With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:

“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”

(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)

Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”

So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.

Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.

Wild lose Graovac (groin) for 2-3 weeks

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After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.

Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.

At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.