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by Paul on 07/27/12 at 12:03 PM ET
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
At this point, even if the Phoenix ownership situation stabilizes, there’s no guarantee the Coyotes, a franchise without much money, can even afford Doan. The market has been set, and it’s pricey.
The question isn’t still are the Canucks on Doan’s short list? The question now for Vancouver is how many years are the Canucks willing to commit to Doan to stay on his short list?
What has become clear by the offers which are already in is a three-year deal, the lowest term he’d even consider, is not going to be enough to land Doan.
To stay competitive, it’s going to take at least a four-year offer, something the Canucks would probably do.
But more likely, especially when you look at the free spenders involved, Doan is going to get multiple five-year offers, something which would give the Canucks some sleepless nights. This is a risky proposition for a team to lock up a power forward for five years who turns 36 years old in October.
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