At six-foot-two, 228 pounds, Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan would bring an intangible to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ offense that is unheard of; his ability to play physically.
The Halkirk, Alberta native is known for his aggressive, physical, in your face type of hockey. He isn’t afraid to drop the gloves, or even agitate. Along with that, he has offensive awareness on the ice and the ability to put up points. While also adding to the offensive game of the team, Doan also exemplifies strong defensive play with and without the puck. On a team coached by Randy Carlyle, this type of player would be extremely valuable.
Every unrestricted free agent comes at a cost. With such a dull crop of UFAs available come July 1, it isn’t a stretch to believe that Doan will cash in. It also wouldn’t be a stretch to believe Shane is looking to sign a deal with a potential Stanley Cup contender. While he still has the ability to play at a high level, Doan likely knows he only has a few seasons left to try to win a championship.
At the end of the day, these things should not stop the Toronto Maple Leafs from making an offer. Although many might say he doesn’t fit into the core considering his age, I would disagree.