Life without Shane Doan is something that Coyotes fans would have never dreamed of. But lately, it seems as though Phoenix will have to start looking at other options.
With the ownership issue still in limbo, the 16-year veteran and his agent have expressed their concerns about re-signing in Phoenix. Doan has received offers from a few teams, with one reportedly worth $30 million over 4 years.
If the Coyotes have to look elsewhere in order to replace Doan, Alexander Semin could be a great fit. Because the Coyotes have to spend roughly $11 million just to reach the floor, they can easily give the flashy Russian the term he’s looking for. It’s a common misconception that Semin is weak defensively and floats quite a bit, when in fact he is very solid in his own zone. If he can live up to his potential, Semin could provide a scoring punch that the Coyotes have lacked for quite some time. If he can regain his 40 goal form, it will help ease the pain of losing Shane Doan.
Without any big name free agents remaining, aside from Semin, the only other way the Coyotes can reach the floor if they can’t sign Doan is through a trade. Two players that could be brought in for relatively cheap are Matthew Lombardi and Tim Connolly. Lombardi had the most effective season of his career as a Coyote. He was out with a concussion for most of the season last year, and he never really seemed to fit with the Leafs. Connolly is another guy who has battled injuries for most of his career. The Leafs could allow both these players to be moved for a a couple draft picks and a mid-level prospect.
If the Coyotes want to aim a little higher, they could make a push for a Brendan Morrow. It would take more to acquire Morrow than it would to get Connolly and Lombardi, but there’s a reason for that. Morrow has been one of the most effective power forwards in the NHL the past few years. He plays a similar style to Doan and he has played under Tippett before so he would have no problem fitting into the system.
There is no player in the league that could replace Shane Doan. He is the face of the franchise, he’s a fan favorite, and he does a lot of work for the community. Losing Doan would set this team back, there is no denying that, but the players mentioned in this article could help lessen the blow. If Doan decides to sign elsewhere, Coyotes fans will wish him nothing but the best. He deserves success after he’s stuck with a struggling franchise through the toughest of times.