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What is the perfect situation for Shane Doan?

What is the perfect situation for Shane Doan? Sergei~5of7 via Flickr

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Talks have heated up in recent weeks about Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan being traded so he can chase a Stanley Cup. The 40-year-old has played 21 seasons without lifting the Cup, the closest being in 2012 when he and the Coyotes lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final.

Doan has said on numerous occasions that he would be willing to waive his no-movement clause in his contract, but it would have to be the perfect situation. But what would be that perfect situation?

While it is certain that he has described to Coyotes brass what the perfect situation would be, fans are unsure what that is. Is it that he wants to go to the overwhelming favorite? There does not seem to be one of those this year.

At his age and his production (4 goals, 11 assists, 15 points through 47 games), going to a contender may mean that he does not play every night. While Doan is not a guy who needs to play every night to boost an ego, it has been a while since he has been a healthy scratch, and going from knowing that you’ll be in the lineup to not sure if you’ll lace up until arriving at the rink cannot be an easy transition.

Besides the details of what the perfect situation is for Doan, what would be the best fit for him?

  1. San Jose Sharks: While he has played at the Shark Tank for a number of years, he has always dressed in the visitor’s locker room. He would slide in perfectly on the fourth line with Ryan Carpenter up the middle and Melker Karlsson on one of the wings. Doan’s size and physical presence could go a long way for the Sharks in a deep playoff run, just adding to a team that is already full of large bodies.
  2. Montreal Canadiens: The forwards for Quebec’s lone NHL franchise have been injured, and injured often. Alex Galchenyuk is back on the injury list for the second time this season, as he has only participated in 30 games so far this season and he will not be back until at least after the All-Star break. Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais have joined Galchenyuk on the injury list, and with the high possibility of Andrew Shaw being suspended again at some point, it would not hurt Montreal to pick up a veteran forward with 55 games of playoff experience to fill the gaps that can hinder a team in the latter rounds of the playoffs.
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs: Currently, Toronto holds the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, and they are the only team that is fighting for that final spot with a positive goal differential. While the forward group is young, fast and exciting, there isn’t a veteran player that can really solidify the forward group. Doan can be on the fourth line to add some more toughness and grit, as well as being the rock in that group that can settle down the young stars when the pressure of the playoffs may start bearing down on them. With Frederik Andersen rebounding from a shaky start to the season, adding Doan could jump start a Stanley Cup run way ahead of schedule for the Ontario team.

While Doan is definitely not the player he used to be, and even what he was last season, he has 21 seasons of experience that he could pass along to a team looking to make a push. In Doan’s first 16 playoff games, he only registered a goal. In his last 39 playoff games, he has registered 27 points (14 G, 13 A).

It has been five seasons since he has played in the playoffs, but Doan’s experience, grit, determination, passion and playing style are invaluable to a team making a run for the Cup, with all of those attributes being available a rarity at this time of year.