Canucks in tough to land Shane Doan despite multi-year offer

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It may not have been the big fish Canucks fans were hoping for, but you can bet pumping a 140-pound tuna to the surface in Panama was memorable for a vacationing GM Mike Gillis.

Those tuna are renowned fighters and that was a huge fish. It’s not easy.

Much like trying to land Shane Doan.

The Canucks are in on the Doan sweepstakes, having offered the power forward a competitive multi-year contract that is at least three years in length.

How competitive? Well, it’s relative, but teams aren’t in on Doan if they’re offering one- and two-year deals.

The Canucks offer probably is not near the four-year, $30 million monster an Eastern Conference team reportedly tabled.

But that offer did have a ring of absurdity to it. You could see it coming from the Magical Man who lives in Happy-Land on Lollipop Lane.

Whether it’d be enough to sway Doan remains to be seen. But, remember, this is a player who has dedicated his entire career to the Phoenix Coyotes organization. Could that same player be lured to a situation that doesn’t fit his criteria just because it’s the largest financial windfall?

First and foremost among Doan’s criteria is to stay in Phoenix.

He wouldn’t be rounding into late July without a contract otherwise. And his return to Phoenix became more likely Monday when Glendale formally rejected the petition which was seeking a referendum on the Coyotes lease agreement.


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