Amidst the celebration at Bridgestone Arena this afternoon regarding the announcement the Predators have matched Shea Weber’s $110 million offer sheet, GM David Poile further expressed his interest in courting another well-respected captain to Music City.
Veteran forward Shane Doan, a two-time 30 goal scorer and the face of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, is an unrestricted free agent and Poile wants him in Nashville.
“We’ve had conversations with Shane’s agent,” Poile said this afternoon. “Barry [Trotz] has actually talked to Shane a couple times because he knows him from Team Canada things.”
Doan has recently visited other NHL teams in the event that he decides to leave Phoenix. Doan has given prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison until Friday to make progress on getting something done with the sale. If that does not happen, Doan may sign elsewhere.
“I know in our conversations he’s going to wait until the 11th hour to try and stay in Phoenix … that’s his first option,” said Poile. “After that I think we’re in as good a position as anybody to get Shane Doan if he’s not going to stay in Phoenix.”
Doan, 35, notched 50 points in 78 regular season games and eight points in 16 playoff games last season.
Now with Weber locked up long term and the front-loaded nature of the contract, some doubt that the Predators can add another big piece to the puzzle. Predators chairman Tom Cigarran said otherwise this afternoon. While he hasn’t given Poile the green light, per se, there are still some resources available to add more players.
“David has a number that he is expected to live within and there is space under that number,” said Cigarran, who then joked, “If he wants to go over that number, he has to come back and ask.”