Today is the day – Shane Doan makes his decision on where he will play this season, if and when there is a season. Canucks fans eagerly await the news…
Shane Doan implemented a September 15th deadline in which he would sign a contract with a new team. Doan has until 2 PM PST to sign a contract in order for it to be registered in time before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement.
It’s been widely reported that Vancouver as well as the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburg Penguins and San Jose Sharks have been in the running to land the services of the long-time Coyotes captain.
Since this soap opera began on July 1st Shane Doan has made it perfectly clear that his intentions are to stay in Phoenix.
However, with the future of the Coyotes ownership being anything but stable, Doan has had to tread in unfamiliar waters and explore his options.
After a few self imposed deadlines, a verbal agreement with the Coyotes should the ownership issue find resolve, it appears that the Doan sweeps have become a two horse race between the Vancouver Canucks and the Phoenix Coyotes.
What will it cost?
There has been a wide range of reports on what teams have offered the Coyotes captain in an attempt to land his services.
One report from early on in the Doan derby stated he was offered a four-year deal worth a reported $24 million dollars.
While the offer that Doan has verbally agreed to with the Coyotes should the ownership issues find a resolution today is worth a reported $21 million dollars over the same four-year duration.
According to one report, the Canucks offer is lower than that of the Coyotes. While specifics on term and dollar figure weren’t discussed, I found it interesting that the Canucks were still in the running with a lower offer than the Coyotes.
Clearly Vancouver has some intangibles that interest Doan enough to have his family live up here full time.
Oh right, there’s going to be a lockout.
With all the buzz surrounding the culmination of the most boring and repetitive soap opera of all time, the one thing that the Shane Doan derby has done, for at least a better part of early to mid morning is make people forget about the lockout.
Without a new CBA the NHL will lock players out on Saturday; baring some miracle last minute negotiations.
So, stay glued to twitter, stay firmly planted on the edge of your seat because today is likely to be the busiest day for Canucks news for sometime.
Hope you all enjoy it!