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Report: Four teams have contacted pending UFA Doan


Shane Doan will hit the free agent market tomorrow after the Coyotes recently announced they were parting ways with their longtime captain.

There is, according to reports, interest in the 40-year-old forward, who is coming off a six-goal, 27-point campaign in Arizona this past season.

Per Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports, four teams have contacted Doan’s agent Terry Bross.

Immediately following the Coyotes’ decision, which was criticized for the way it was handled, Doan expressed a desire to continue playing, in part as a way to prove to Arizona that he could still be an effective player.

He’s one year removed from a 28-goal season, but he’s also 40 — as earlier stated — and the game has never been quicker at the NHL level. With that in mind, it would be interesting to see exactly how another coach would utilize him throughout the course of a season.

“I think I’m probably a lot closer to (his 2015-16, 28-goal season) than I am the year that I had (in 2016-17),” Doan told the Burns and Gambo Show.

“As a player, I need emotion and I need heart in order for me to be effective and I think I kind of let that get away from me last year. That’s 100 per cent my fault … but I know I can be better. So I want to answer that.”

Trotz isn’t worried that he doesn’t have a contract extension


Barry Trotz is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Washington Capitals, and based on reports, talks about a possible extension have yet to take place.

The Capitals won the Presidents’ Trophy again this season but — again — they were ousted in the second round of the playoffs, leading to speculation about the future of the head coach in Washington.

On the topic of his contract status, Trotz told CSN Mid-Atlantic that, “I’m not worrying about that at all.”

More from CSN Mid-Atlantic:

Entering the final year of a contract is common for players. For coaches, it can be perceived this way: the decision-makers want to see progress before committing to the direction he wants to take the team.

At the draft last week, Brian MacLellan said there have not been any discussions about an extension for Trotz, though the general manager didn’t close the door on those talks starting later this summer.

“Maybe, it could,” MacLellan said. “We’ll see.”

MacLellan made it clear at his press conference following his team’s postseason loss to Pittsburgh that there would be no changes to the coaching staff. The Capitals have hit the 100-point plateau in each of their three seasons under Trotz but have fallen in the second round three consecutive times, as well.

Report: Rangers in discussion with pending UFA goalie Pavelec


The New York Rangers have a void to fill, after dealing goalie Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes at the draft.

It’s expected to be a busy day for free agent goalies tomorrow, as several clubs look to lock down that position before things ultimately slow down during the summer. With Raanta gone, the Rangers are among those teams.

Per Darren Dreger of TSN, the Rangers are in discussions with former Jets goalie and pending unrestricted free agent Ondrej Pavelec, who is at the end of his five-year, $19.5 million deal with Winnipeg.

Pavelec has endured his share of struggles in Winnipeg, posting underwhelming numbers, particularly save percentage.

Only once since 2011-12 did Pavelec post a single-season save percentage better than .910 — that was in 2014-15 when he had a .920 save percentage over the course of 50 games and the Jets made the playoffs for the first time since their return to Winnipeg.

The Jets placed Pavelec on waivers in October, then recalled him from the AHL in January as the tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson struggled. He won four of his eight games, posting a save percentage of .888.

He last played on Feb. 7, before undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early March, ending his season.

Report: Sharks willing to commit to Thornton for more than one year


It’s already been reported that the San Jose Sharks are making a push to keep Patrick Marleau. The same, it appears, can be said for Joe Thornton, as well.

The Sharks have reportedly offered Marleau a two-year contract. A little bit later on in the day, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area said that San Jose is willing to go more than one year with Thornton, as well.

Marleau and Thornton are both pending unrestricted free agents — at the age of 37.

Thornton, who turns 38 on Sunday, is coming off an MCL injury suffered late in the regular season and later required surgery.

However, earlier this month, general manager Doug Wilson provided a promising update on the health of the veteran playmaking center, saying he was doing “extremely well.”

Several teams have reportedly been in contact with Thornton ahead of the opening of free agency tomorrow. One of those teams is apparently the rival L.A. Kings

Nolan Patrick to miss on-ice activities at Flyers camp following another surgery

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Nolan Patrick has once again undergone surgery, with this latest operation taking place on June 13, the Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday.

As a result, Patrick will not take part in on-ice activities at Flyers development camp next week. Philadelphia selected him second overall a week ago.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement that Patrick underwent abdominal surgery relating to an injury he dealt with all of last season while in the Western Hockey League.

Hextall added that Patrick will be able to resume full activity in four to six weeks from the date of the surgery. With that timeline, he should be ready to go for training camp in September.

Last summer, Patrick underwent sports hernia surgery and then had his 2016-17 draft campaign — including the world juniors — interrupted by injury, restricting him to 33 regular season games for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He scored 20 goals and 46 points.

Prior to last week’s draft, Patrick was named to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase roster. The camp begins July 30.