Pacific division foe today extended a contract offer to Coyote unrestricted free agent and Captain Shane Doan per several news media outlets. The terms of the contract offer were not disclosed. It makes perfect sense for the Kings to try to pry Shane away from the Coyotes. He is a dominant player on the ice, leader off the ice, and the perfect fit for their team. Shane can play the first through third line, great on the power play where LA struggled, and delivers bone-crushing body checks. He plays with an edge and could teach the Kings how to hit and not flop.
San Jose brought in Larry Robinson to work with the defense and be associate coach. Dallas has brought in Ray Whitney, Jaromir Jagr, and Derek Roy. Anaheim has decided to go for a top draft pick in 2013. The Kings needed to do something other than bring back their UFAs if they want to compete for the Stanley Cup again. Bringing in Captain Coyote Shane Doan would accomplish that while crippling their Pacific division foe.
The Kings have, according to CapGeek, 7.8 million dollars until they reach the salary cap with 22 players under contract. Does the team and the ownership group have the stomach to spend up to the cap? Can the team take on a leader like Shane with their personalities? Would Dustin Brown give up the C to a proper leader? Would Shane want to go to a rival and uproot his family from Scottsdale and move to LA? Would he trade his horses for a surf board?
These questions, and more, will be answered in the very near future. In the meantime, feel free to check me out on twitter at @coyotefanjack.