The San Jose Sharks have emerged as a frontrunner to land Shane Doan should the 35-year-old winger decide leave the Phoenix Coyotes, according to CSN Bay Area.
Doan has a pack of teams interested in signing him, though his stated preference is to stick with the Coyotes. He's waiting for assurance that Greg Jamison's purchase of the team will be finalized, though that's far from a given.
Jamison is still looking to secure the money necessary to buy and run the team, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. Potential legal challenges to his bid over a controversial arena management fee funded by the city of Glendale, Ariz., have lost steam in recent weeks.
Doan has set—and passed—several self-imposed deadlines for a decision. He has already visited the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers and reportedly met with the Vancouver Canucks earlier this week. The Pittsburgh Penguins are also believed to be serious contenders.
The demand for Doan remains high, despite multiple reports that he's seeking a four-year deal in the $30 million range. He's the only legitimate top-six winger available on the free-agent market and, despite his age and downtick in production, remains a viable 20-goal scorer and valued leader.
With the Sharks, he'd add needed size and physicality to the top six and would fit in well with their win-now makeup, though they'd have to shed salary to meet his reported demands. San Jose currently has $5.57 million in salary cap space, though that number could well drop based on the outcome of the collective bargaining negotiations.
One potential landing spot Doan won't be visiting is Nashville. GM David Poile says that's more because Doan is already familiar with the area and team.
"First and foremost we hope it succeeds in Phoenix and that he re-signs there because that's where he wants to play," Poile told The Tennessean. "If it doesn't work for him, we would be very interested, and we've made that very clear to him and to his agent."