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Audio- Why Shane Doan?

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The host of Dean Blundell & Co. goes on an epic rant about Shane Doan, “a guy that looks forward to sucking every season.”

 

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Kind of a shallow interpretation if you ask me. He’s probably just really loyal and maybe he’s grown a little complacent with the whole “nhl” thing. But in the grand scheme of things, what they’re saying is somewhat true. He has chosen a team that he knows is going to suck so he must not care.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 07/12/16 at 01:22 PM ET

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Is Dean Blundell still a thing?

It’s curious that he, of all people, would take someone to task for sucking every day.

Posted by Garth on 07/12/16 at 01:24 PM ET

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This is the first time I have ever heard of Dean Blundell, but he does seem like someone who would be an expert on sucking every day.  He would appear to have lots of personal experience on that front. 

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/12/16 at 01:30 PM ET

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This is the first time I have ever heard of Dean Blundell

He’s a Howard Stern wannabe shock jock who is now, I don’t know why, doing sports radio.

Posted by Garth on 07/12/16 at 01:33 PM ET

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LOL, this could be the greatest piece of audio I’ve listened to in a long time.

Reminded me of this:
https://youtu.be/4L02qm-CxlM

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/12/16 at 02:25 PM ET

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But in the grand scheme of things, what they’re saying is somewhat true. He has chosen a team that he knows is going to suck so he must not care.

Agreed.
He’s been fine with never even being a contender.
So Blundell is not entirely wrong for stating that Doan isn’t against being on a losing team for his entire career.

He could be more politically correct with his wording, but his take was hilarious.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/12/16 at 02:41 PM ET

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In all honesty though, Doan will be the next Cleary in that AZ will give him contracts until he’s 57.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/12/16 at 02:42 PM ET

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Like Hank said, I think he’s happy just to be playing and doesn’t put as much emphasis on a Cup. In my opinion, he’s simply comfortable here. I think there’s something to be said for spending 20+ years in the same place, and with him having a ranch out here with lots of horses, several kids that have been born and raised here, maybe at this point he just doesn’t think it’s worthwhile to go somewhere else, even if it is just for a year or two given that he’s in the twilight of his career. He’s hardly the first athlete to stay with a franchise that has no chance at a championship, but at the same time it’s not like no athlete has ever supplanted their roots with one place to go to another. I am not sure why Blundell seems to care either way.

He’s pretty beloved around Arizona. The fans see him as the hockey version of Larry Fitzgerald (who is basically the Messiah in this state, and I feel that’s still an understatement). Although it can be argued that the Cardinals are closer to contender status than the Coyotes, sports fans in this state really do appreciate both players’ loyalties to their respective teams when either one has likely had opportunities at some point in their careers to jump ship to a team that gives them a better shot at a championship.

Posted by KelseyAnn from Ahwatukee, Arizona on 07/12/16 at 03:24 PM ET

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I like my job. But I also like not being at my job. The balance is important. So for me, 8 - 9 hours a day is good, and I like my Saturdays and Sundays.

This is the dirty secret in sports. We tell ourselves this myth that the players have this immense passion for the game and for winning that is insatiable. And sure, that is absolutely true with a lot of those guys. But let’s not kid ourselves, there are plenty of players that are doing a JOB. And that shouldn’t be a knock on them!

For Detroit people, prime examples are Calvin Johnson and Barry Sanders. Those guys were doing the job. I don’t think those guys were “win at all costs” players. And what they left on the field proves that you don’t have to be the “do anything” guy to still do your job properly and effectively, given that both those guys are HOFers.

I don’t at all blame Doan if he got comfy in Arizona, settled down with his family, made friends in the community, and decided that while he would love to win a Cup, that those personal roots are comfortable and he has no interest in being a merc for a few years chasing that dream.

It never ceases to amaze me how us fans demand so many unrealistic things from the players on the teams we root for. We judge them like we can get into their heads and know what they are thinking. We act like they just have to “want it more.” We act like we know they are unwilling to play through pain. Truly, we rarely have any clue what we’re talking about.

I don’t think you can reasonably accuse Doan of ever holding anything back. Just because he doesn’t want to whore himself around the league for a Cup doesn’t make him a loser or whatever. It just means he has different priorities than some other veterans that came before him. Different strokes, and whatnot. What makes the world go ‘round.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/12/16 at 04:46 PM ET

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Doan is 39.  He isn’t the player he used to be and we are almost two weeks into free agency.  Is it possible that the few legit Cup contenders simply weren’t interested in him?

When Steven Stamkos was flirting with free agency there were only a handful of serious suitors going after him, why is there some assumption that a bunch of legit Stanley Cup contenders were breaking down his door to get him to sign with them?  Is it likely that Doug Wilson thinks the Sharks were a Shane Doan away from beating the Pens?  Is he going to put the Lightning over the top?

Maybe he just wants to play hockey.  Maybe he would like to spend his entire career with one organization rather than all but one year.  Maybe he will accept a trade to a contender at the deadline.

And maybe Dean Blundell is just a talentless hack who should stick to his tired Jerky Boys routine.

Posted by Garth on 07/12/16 at 06:08 PM ET

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Don’t have a problem with SD staying in AZ, but I’m surprised the paid him that much.  Why?  Especially when they are bleeding $$$.

Posted by cantskate on 07/12/16 at 07:48 PM ET

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Don’t have a problem with SD staying in AZ, but I’m surprised the paid him that much.  Why?  Especially when they are bleeding $$$.

Posted by cantskate on 07/12/16 at 07:48 PM ET

Well with both Datsyuk and Pronger on the books for cap purposes this year, they can afford one or two salaries to get them a teeny bit above the floor.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/12/16 at 08:27 PM ET

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Don’t have a problem with SD staying in AZ, but I’m surprised the paid him that much.  Why?  Especially when they are bleeding $$$.

Posted by cantskate on 07/12/16 at 07:48 PM ET

Even at age 39, he did score 28 goals and 47 points.  That’s a pretty good amount for most players.  Here are a few other guys that scored a comparable amount of goals: Skinner, Toews, D. Sedin, Barkov, Burns, Jagr.  $2.5M plus bonuses seems pretty reasonable for that type of production.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 07/13/16 at 07:16 AM ET

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Well with both Datsyuk and Pronger on the books for cap purposes this year, they can afford one or two salaries to get them a teeny bit above the floor.

Yeah, with those two contracts they’re still only a million above the floor and they need to have a bit of a cushion in case they have injuries.  I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure there’s a penalty for dropping below the cap floor during the season.

Posted by Garth on 07/13/16 at 09:16 AM ET

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Just because he has played for a team that loses a LOT doesn’t mean he likes to lose. I’m sure he’d like to win a cup and there is no evidence to say that he doesn’t put out his best effort on a nightly basis. There is something to be said for being loyal to a team, having the desire to be the one that helps to carry them to a different plateau rather than jumping ship every year in search of greener grass.

The reality is probably that this goes well beyond hockey. He and more importantly his family probably like AZ. They don’t want to uproot themselves at this point just to chase a trophy that others think brings meaning to a career. I know I’ve turned down better jobs for more money for family stability. Players are that much different than us.

Posted by evileye on 07/14/16 at 09:37 AM ET

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