Imagine, for a second, Shane Doan wearing another team’s jersey. Apparently it’s not out of the question.
During the weekend, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Doan would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for the right situation. Despite his 1,500+ games with the Jets/Coyotes, Doan responded mostly in the affirmative to NHL.com, although the rugged forward notes that it would take a “perfect” scenario to make everything work.
(He said that he hasn’t been asked to waive his no-trade clause … but he might be open to suggestion.)
“I’d talk about it with my family and make a decision on that if it was to come up but it would have to be so perfect and so right that it’s pretty hard for it to all line up perfectly,” Doan said. “It would have to be exactly perfect and that just doesn’t happen too often in our sport.”
The 40-year-old interestingly notes that the discussion has come up before, only word hasn’t surfaced in reports. He even said that there were times when he gave his approval, although in most cases, his answer was “No.”
What is perfect?
What’s the perfect situation? That’s where things are fuzzier, as Doan explains that picking a “contender” can be a little trickier when you consider where, say, the Penguins and Sharks were around this time last year.
Doan says family matters, yet he also seems somewhat flexible in that area. After all, it might just be for a few months as a “rental.”
Measuring his value
On the other end, of course, you must also wonder who will want him.
The pluses are easy to see: he’s big, physical and checks off a ton of the “intangibles” boxes. Chances are, a perspective team would weigh his 28 goals from 2015-16 more heavily than his mere 12 points in 42 games this season.
That said, at his age, and considering his numbers this season, there’s the obvious question regarding how much he has left in the tank.
Then again, if the price is reasonable – and the Coyotes certainly are looking to sell off expiring contracts – then it could make for an interesting situation.
If anything happens at all.