Rangers fans were blowing up a bit today about the possibility of Shane Doan coming to the Rangers. I think this was the tweet that got everyone’s gears grinding. This is what Chris Botta said:
Was last night the only game Shane Doan will play at MSG this season? Not so sure of that.
Well that might just be pure speculation it’s not completely out there that Shane Doan could be traded to this season, especially to the Rangers.
Read more to hear my thoughts on Shane Doan.
First off, I like Shane Doan as a player. He brings some offense, some grit, and some grind to the table. He would really fit in with Tortorella’s system. Now with that said he’s a veteran with experience. That will go a long way with this club come playoff time. With a young team like the Rangers who have very little experience in the playoffs, Shane Doan will bring leadership. You really can’t have too much leadership on a team when the playoffs come. Critics may point to the fact he’s never won a cup with his teams or even made the second round. While I could make a big argument and point out why that hasn’t happened for obvious reasons, I’ll just say Shane Doan knows what it takes to win in this league.
Now let’s get to trade value. Doan isn’t having his best season ever (25 points in 43 games). If I were Sather I would offer Christian Thomas and a 6th rounder for Shane Doan and maybe some other player Phoenix can throw in the deal. I’m not going to sit here and play armchair GM but that’s the basic deal I would work around. Thomas for Doan are the center pieces of the deal. This is the last of Doan’s contract. Mind you I would do this deal at the deadline to cut Doan’s cap hit in half to make the deal work. Also, Doan has a NMC so he’ll have to waive that for any deal to get done. If the ‘Yotes at the deadline aren’t looking so good and Maloney asks him to waive his NMC, I can’t see why Doan wouldn’t do it.
If the above mentioned deal actually happened I would try to slot Doan on the Brad Richards line. Doan is a Right Wing but maybe him or Callahan would move to the left wing. Or you could put him on a third line with Boyle centering him. No matter where you put him in the lineup is a good fit.
My conclusion: The Rangers should pursue Doan. He’s perfect for this club. Should they sell the farm for him? No absolutely not. But getting Doan is a way the Rangers can try to win it all this season without giving up every prospect in their system. Doan is a guy you want in your lineup come playoff time and i’m sure Tortorella would be glad to have him on the team.
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