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by George Malik on 07/09/12 at 04:17 PM ET
I just told Mike Babcock that I don’t start fires despite being a blogger (Babcock does not have a high opinion of our ilk. Also: he’s ridiculously fit) so here comes the fire, of course, from the Free Press’s Helene St. James:
Terry Bross, agent for UFA F Shane Doan, tells Detroit Free Press: “Shane has interest in Detroit.” Has heard from Wings today. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
Update: More from St. James:
IMO: #RedWings appeal to Shane Doan thanks to front-office friends in Draper, Maltby; roster with Datsyuk, Zetterberg; ownership of Ilitch— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
The Detroit Red Wings wasted no time reaching out to Shane Doan in hopes of luring him to Detroit.
“They’ve shown interest,” Terry Bross, Doan’s agent, told the Free Press today. “I’ve gotten a voicemail from them that I have to return.”
Bross said he anticipates knowing this afternoon where the Phoenix Coyotes stand in regard to the issues surrounding ownership and their arena in Glendale, Ariz. If that isn’t cleared up, Bross said “we’ll start to accept offers tomorrow” for the longtime Coyote.
The Wings appear to have a lead.
“Yeah, I think Shane has interest in Detroit,” Bross said. “That would be fair to say.”
Doan, 35, became an unrestricted free agent July 1, but the lifelong Jets/Coyotes franchise player would prefer to stay in Phoenix. If he doesn’t get the sense the Coyotes will be able to stay put, he’s said he’ll consider going elsewhere.
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