There have been numerous rumors floating about regarding the Sharks and Coyotes Right Winger, Shane Doan. Doan is the captain in Arizona, so why would a team be willing to trade their captain? Well, the Coyotes are pretty much out of playoff contention this season. So, it looks like they may be undergoing a culture change in the desert and that starts with the current leadership. While the Coyotes are blowing it up, good veteran leaders will hit the trading block. San Jose is looking to acquire Doan to add even more leadership to an already experienced Stanley Cup contender.
Doan’s numbers do not seem to generate impressive offensive numbers. This season, in 52 games, Doan has just 5 goals and 13 assists for 18 points. His +/- is also a -5. However, fans must remember what team he is playing for. It is no shot at the Coyotes, but they are sitting at 17-28-7. That is good for last in the Pacific. So Doan does not play for a good team, and that does affect his numbers. He does have a full no movement clause, but has said he is willing to waive it to go to a contender. If the Sharks can make a trade for the 40 year old winger, his numbers will surely increase. He is also playing on a one-year contract, which is even better.
With every trade, teams receive players, but they also must send players down the road. So who do the Sharks need to give up to get Doan? The Coyotes want young talent to help rebuild the franchise. So GM Doug Wilson will more than likely need to look at the Barracuda for trade pieces. Tim Heed has recently seen NHL ice time with a couple recalls from the AHL. For the Barracuda this season, Heed has recorded 11-26-37. In just 34 games, he is showing off his offensive prowess from the defense position. At 26 years old, he could be a good second defensive line piece to build upon. While it could be tough to see a young prospect go, the return could benefit the Sharks in June. The Sharks would also have to throw in a draft pick as well to make the trade work.
Nikolay Goldobin could be a more likely trade candidate. Goldobin made his season debut Saturday night in Glendale against the Desert Dogs (drink). As stated earlier, the Coyotes are looking for young talent to build around. Goldie could be that talent Arizona is looking for. A wing for wing swap makes more sense, but the Sharks will most likely still need to include a draft pick.
Is Doan a good fit for San Jose? On a scale from 1-10, one being absolutely not and ten being hell yes bring him in, put it at a two. Sure, the Coyotes captain will bring a veteran leadership to San Jose, but that might be it. The Sharks will not swap Doan into the lineup for Joel Ward or Melker Karlsson. Timo Meier was seeing time on the third line with Tomas Hertl, but was sent to the Barracuda before the “bye week.” That being said, the Sharks have faith in Meier and believe he will turn on his scoring soon. Joonas Donskoi is on the shelf, but unless something drastic happens which keeps him off the ice, he will return to the lineup. Michel Haley is the Shark’s big hitter. Hard to imagine him sitting in the rafters for the rest of the season.
Shane Doan is basically the Patrick Marleau of the Arizona Coyotes. He holds the Coyotes records for games played, goals, assists, points, game winning goals and power play goals. It will be tough for the Coyotes and their fans to see him go, but if they do decide to move him, this could be his last hurrah. Understandably, he does not want to finish his career at the bottom. He wants to compete for a Cup, and San Jose could be the perfect place for him to do just that. The Sharks already have an established leadership, with Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture Brent Burns and Martin Jones.
However, as stated above, the timing might not be right for Doan. The Sharks may have the deepest team in their 26 season history, and Wilson might not want to mess with that. He may go after a third line winger to help score, but Doan is not the guy they are looking for. Sorry Doan, but the possibility of a trade looks slim.