The only thing scarier than Freddy Krueger on this Friday the 13th is the reported offer Shane Doan has been given. According to John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix, an Eastern Conference team offered Shane Doan a 4 year deal worth $30 million. Cue the shrieks.
For a 35 year old at the back end of his career to be making $7.5 million would be completely absurd. Doan only made $4.5 million this past season with Phoenix, and although he played well, his play showed nothing deserving of a $3 million a season raise. Unless there’s an Eastern Conference in the KHL, that deal would be absurd for any team to offer.
As always when the Flyers show interest in a player, many speculated that the Flyers were the ones who threw Shane Doan this mega deal. Although nobody has been able to confirm or deny the Flyers offer, it’s pretty safe to say you can stop hyperventilating in that paper bag: the Flyers would never give Doan that kind of money.
Paul Holmgren certainly does not lack the cojones to make a large offer, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt here. According to Capgeek.com, the Flyers currently have $7.8 million in cap space. By signing Shane Doan to the rumored $7.5 million a year, they have effectively killed all of their cap space, and financially hogtied themselves.
Although Paul Holmgren and the Flyers front office are used to tip toeing the cap ceiling, but the Flyers still have to re-sign budding Winger Jakub Voracek, who is due to receive a contract between $3.5-4.5 million. By signing Doan to this “mega deal”, you’re giving up a 22 year old on the verge of a breakout season for a 35 year old on the decline. Doan is still worth around $4.5-5 million, but anything above that should be far too much for the Flyers to offer.
It is very likely that the team that was willing to give the Coyotes right winger that deal is one that is desperately trying to make it to the assigned $54.3 million cap floor. His former club, the Phoenix Coyotes are still very much in on him as Doan hopes to stay with them, but the Ottawa Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes could be making a run for him as well.
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