The Shane Doan free agent road show continued this week, with a stop in Vancouver on Tuesday to meet with Canucks ownership and management.
Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province believed they would have little difficulty selling themselves to Doan, but the real issue would be working out the dollars and term. He feels an offer for Doan from the Canucks likely won’t exceed the $6.1 million per season they’re paying the Sedin twins.
The Coyotes captain isn’t the only player of interest for the Canucks, as Kuzma reported they’ve expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Jason Arnott, who at 37 is no longer top-six forward material, but could still be an effective third-line center.
Arnott could also be a short-term replacement for center Ryan Kesler, who is reportedly sidelined until December recovering from off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries.
The Buffalo Sabres are also among the teams pursuing Doan, but GM Darcy Regier said his club has no plans to meet with him. Regier would, however, have interest if the long-time Coyotes winger decided to leave Phoenix.
The difficulties prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison is having to raise sufficient capital to purchase and operate the club increase the possibility of Doan’s departure.
Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal reported if Doan were to sign elsewhere before Jamison purchased the club, it could weaken confidence in his bid.
Meanwhile, Doan’s agent Terry Bross may have upset a few NHL GMs, who feel he’s negotiating through the media to drive up his client’s value.
That may be, but Bross wouldn’t be doing his job as a player agent if he weren’t using any means necessary to increase the hype around Doan and secure the most lucrative deal he can.
What’s interesting about Doan’s travels so far is they’ve taken him to meetings with potential Stanley Cup contenders, such as the Canucks, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
If that trend continues, teams like the Sabres could be off his travel itinerary.
WOULD BOUWMEESTER WAIVE HIS NO-MOVEMENT CLAUSE?
Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester remains a potential trade target for clubs seeking skilled, experienced blueline depth.
The Calgary Herald reported a rumor claiming the Detroit Red Wings made an offer for Bouwmeester, with no elaboration as to what may have been pitched to the Flames.
Another club that may have interest is the St. Louis Blues. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted on Twitter they were still seeking a defenseman via trade.
A month ago, Rutherford suggested Bouwmeester (along with Phoenix’s Keith Yandle) as a trade target for the Blues.
The two sticking points in any deal for Bouwmeester are his cap hit ($6.7 million per season for two more years) and his no-movement clause.
Should a respected franchise like the Red Wings or an up-and-coming one like the Blues come calling, he might be willing to waive it if he no longer feels wanted in Calgary.
If the Flames do shop Bouwmeester, they’ll likely want at least a top-six forward as part of the return.
Rumor Roundup appears Monday-Friday only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News, Kukla’s Korner and The Guardian, Charlottetown.