by David Pavlak on 07/27/12 at 10:16 PM ET
With Rick Nash signing with the New York Rangers and Alex Semin signing in Carolina, two of the top offensive free agents are officially off the market. With the Devils losing Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild, do the Devils need to bite at the chance to sign Shane Doan if he decides to leave the Coyotes?
Last season, Doan finished the year with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists). It is less than Parise’s 69 points, (31 goals, 38 assists) but the Devils lost a star-caliber player after Parise signed in Minnesota.
Doan’s age is also not on his side. He will turn 36 during the season, where Parise was only 27. Still, Doan is the best offensively skilled player left on the free agent market, and a fresh start in New Jersey may be what he needs to rekindle some of the fire inside of him.
Doan is reportedly asking for as close to a 4 year – 30 million dollar contract which is quite a lot, even for him. Still, if the Devils feel they need the scoring presence in the absence of Parise, would you want the Devils to reach out to Doan and try to reach an agreement?
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