"Doan, who understandably wants this to be the last move he makes, is believed to have narrowed his sights on Manhattan, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. It's unclear if Rangers general manager Glen Sather is willing to go four years, but if he does, Doan is more likely than not to become a Blueshirt.
At the same time, albeit unlikely, it isn't impossible Doan could accept three years to come to Broadway for a reunion with coach John Tortorella..."
...if you're sick of Doan rumors raise your hands.
...with Doan spending his entire career in the Phoenix organization it's obvious he's not a player who likes to jump from city to city, so it is very unlikely he'll decide to sign a three year deal.
...however, if he does surprise and is willing to take a shorter deal to come to the Rangers, let's hope Sather holds out the way he did with Nash and can get him down to two-years.
Brooks also raises concerns that the Nash trade as well as losing Brandon Prust has thinned out the Rangers roster and they will now need to rely on younger players (Kreider, Stepan and Hagelin) to lead the way.
...while losing players such as Dubi, AA and Prust will hurt in areas such as the penalty kill, team toughness and in the locker room, I think Sather has adequately addressed those potential holes by adding Halpern, Pyatt and Asham.
...and as far as youngsters leading the way, what's the problem? They all received a ton of experience in their run to the Eastern Conference Finals and will be more than prepared to step up their responsibilities this season.
http://realhockeynews.com/2012/07/23/columbus-blue-jackets-gm-has-no-idea-who-he-traded-rick-nash-for/ This is so stinking funny!!!
Pens have offered a heavily front loaded deal. It was 4 years at $24 million (the $ breakdown was 10, 8, 4, 2). Pens obviously really want him. That is also not a bad cap hit.
I don't want to see Doan here under any circumstances. Sather should contact Howson and see what it would take to get Dubinsky.
I'd like to see Doan on broadway but I still think he'll end up in Pittsburg and they'll give him the 4 year deal. Maybe he goes to Vancouver for Loungo either way Doan commands way more than he's worth right now. Smells like a wade redden cap hit to me if we give him 4 years. Unfortunately i I I don't think Sather can hold out on this one as there's not too many offensive players left in the table.
With a new CBA on the Horizon and Hank, Danny G, Cally up for new contracts in two years, I can't give Doan more than a two year deal. Cant risk losing one of those players
To me, the most interesting part of the article is: "The primary reason the Blueshirts had few, if any, second thoughts about dealing Tim Erixon to the Blue Jackets is the coach couldn’t envision the finesse-oriented 21-year-old defenseman fitting into the style he demands." I know Brooks sometimes makes shit up but if that's true it's VERY interesting.
Most I would go is 2 years for Doan. If not let the final spot go to a hungry younger guy. It's not the worse thing either having cap space, cba is not done yet and best case scenario Rangers can acquire a player from a team that falls out of the playoff race.
@jrom428 You're one of those "can't lose the great Dubinsky" people huh?Doan is so much more valuable its not even funny.
@gjcxman Agree about making deadline deals however that includes giving away assets (players, picks) whereas getting Doan only takes money.
@TheWrage Agreed. Three years doesn't make me feel better.
@KevinDeLury If NYR tacked on an extra year at a $5.5 million cap hit, it wouldn't be the end of the world. But any terms closer to $7.5 million per season would be ludicrous.