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Shane Doan still hasn’t asked the Coyotes for a trade

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Shane Doan has spent the past two decades playing for the Arizona Coyotes, and with the NHL trade deadline fast approaching and the Coyotes clearly in a position to sell it is worth wondering if his time with the only organization he has ever known could be coming to an end.

Given the Coyotes’ position in the standings and the fact the 40-year-old Doan has never played in a Stanley Cup Final his name has been mentioned in trade speculation for much of the season. But to this point the veteran has yet to ask general manager John Chayka for a trade, something the Coyotes’ GM mentioned again on Friday to Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

“To date we’ve talked quite a bit and I’ve left it that if he has a belief that it might be in the best interest for himself and his family to try and take a run at the Stanley Cup I’m open to having that discussion with him,” Chayka said. “I wouldn’t be fair to Shane to not have that discussion. I respect him too much to not have it. Having said that, he hasn’t told me to explore these opportunities and look into things. He’s happy with being a Coyote. He signed here for a reason. He’s only played here ever. That’s where we’re at today.”

Chayka added that as of Friday Doan had yet to tell him a trade is something he is looking to explore.

Originally drafted by the franchise when it was still based in Winnipeg in 1995, Doan has played all 1,522 games of his NHL career with the Jets/Coyotes organization, scoring 401 goals and adding 563 assists.

To this point the closest he has come to a Stanley Cup was during the 2011-12 season when the Coyotes — somewhat shockingly — made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals only to be eliminated by the eventual cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in five games. That is the only time he has made it out of the first round in his career.

But with his career obviously starting to wind down, and the Coyotes sitting in 29th place in the NHL standings and pretty much completely out of the playoff race, it makes sense that a trade would be something that both sides might be willing to explore. The biggest question though is whether Doan, who has a no-trade clause in his contract and can dictate where he ends, will actually want to do move to get what could be his last shot at a Stanley Cup.

If he does end up moving it would probably only be for a depth role on a contender and not exactly as a top-liner.

Even though he has appeared in every game this season for the Coyotes but has seen his production and ice-time all take a noticeable decline even from where it was a year ago. With only five goals and 14 assists he is currently on pace for his lowest offensive output since the 1998-99 season when he was still only 22 years old.

 

PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin will be rocking incredible custom skates for Russian Heritage Night

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–With only a few weeks remaining in the regular season, we’re starting to get a better idea of who will be in and out of the playoffs. With that being said, The Hockey News put together a list of five players that could benefit from playing on another team. Devils goalie Cory Schneider is at the top of the list. Schneider’s been solid since joining New Jersey, but the team hasn’t had much success. (The Hockey News)

Erik Karlsson has always been known as an offensive defenseman, but this year, he’s made several defensive improvements to his game. The changes have made him so effective that his head coach, Guy Boucher, believes he should be in the running for a Hart Trophy. (Canadian Press)

–The Washington Capitals will be hosting a Russian Heritage Night tonight. During the pre-game warmup, Alex Ovechkin will be rocking these custom skates honoring his home land and his American home. He’ll be auctioning off the skates too. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

–The New York Islanders trailed the Rangers 2-1 heading into the third period, but thanks to goals by Nikolay Kulemin and Andrew Ladd, they were able to come out on top. You can watch the highlights from last night’s “Battle of New York” by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–Vegas GM George McPhee chatted with Sportsnet’s Gene Principe about being able to build a team from scratch. McPhee called the experience “fantastic” and “really neat”. He also discussed his vision for the team and how he’s approaching the expansion draft. (Sportsnet)

–The Detroit Red Wings have been a model franchise for quite some time, but they’ve on the verge of going through some pretty big changes. First, Joe Louis Arena will be closing its doors and secondly, their long playoff streak will be coming to an end this season. Sports Illustrated takes a deeper look at the old barn and the third-longest playoff streak in pro sports. (Sports Illustrated)

–Many people feel like the Calder Trophy race will come down to Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, but Bob McKenzie says there’s more than two worthy candidates because Zach Werenski has been equally good this season. But who is McKenzie leaning toward?

Ducks take control of second in Pacific after edging Oilers

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Connor McDavid was fantastic on Wednesday, but the Anaheim Ducks overcame his strong showing for a significant win in the Pacific.

McDavid scored a goal and two assists, yet Ryan Getzlaf was right there with him with three assists, helping the Ducks win 4-3.

With that, Anaheim is clearly ahead of Edmonton for second in the Pacific. The Ducks would hold home-ice over the Oilers if the playoffs began today, and better yet for them, a division title isn’t out of the question:

1. Sharks – 91 points in 73 games played
2. Ducks – 89 points in 73 GP
3. Oilers – 87 points in 73 GP
4. Flames – 86 points in 73 GP

As you can see, the Oilers aren’t exactly far ahead of the Flames for third, either.

Going forward, the Oilers have an interesting schedule: a mix of games against cellar dwellers (two apiece against the Canucks and Avalanche) plus two games apiece versus the Kings and Sharks.

The Ducks’ schedule includes two matches against the Flames, one against the Kings and one more match at Edmonton on April 1.

Long story short, the jockeying for position is far from over, but this was a pretty significant win for the Ducks.

Video: Connor McDavid shows off speed and skill (again)

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Connor McDavid‘s 26th goal of 2016-17 was a lot like many others: an impressive display of skill and speed. He didn’t blaze past the Anaheim Ducks like has against opponents on other occasions, but his rare wheels still came in handy.

Maybe more than sheer speed, this tally is a reminder that McDavid could do impressive things while losing little or no momentum. It’s one thing to have straight-line speed, but he has the hands and hockey IQ to take advantage of his swift skating.

McDavid already has two points in this one, pushing him to 84 points. He also extended his point streak to five games (three goals, six assists if he stays at one of each on Wednesday).

Islanders grab precious points by beating Rangers

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The goal posts might move from time to time – now they’re chasing the Boston Bruins more than the Toronto Maple Leafs – but the bottom line is that the New York Islanders need to get it done to make the playoffs.

They still have some climbing to do, but Wednesday represented a step in the right direction with a tough 3-2 win against the New York Rangers.

The Rangers built 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the second period as John Tavares struggled with a “hat trick” of penalties, but Tavares & Co. wouldn’t give up. They managed two power-play goals in the third (one by Nikolay Kulemin, the winner by Andrew Ladd) to turn things around for a significant win.

Anders Lee was also a big part of the win, grabbing a goal and an assist. The biggest difference-maker may very well have been Thomas Greiss, who stopped 34 of 36 shots (including all 11 in the third) as the Rangers created a lot of offense.

The Islanders now have 80 standings points, placing them two behind the Bruins for the East’s final wild card spot.

The Rangers’ hold over the first wild card seems quite secure, but they do have to worry ever so slightly about their play at home. With this defeat, they’ve now lost seven straight (0-5-2) at Madison Square Garden.