Feb 212012

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday.

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

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RW Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, $4.55M, UFA 2012

Long shot? Probably. But let’s put this in perspective. With every day that passes, the chances of the Coyotes staying in Phoenix seem to grow more faint. Seattle is investing city dollars into building a new NHL/NBA arena, and Kansas City and Quebec also seem like logical destinations. All said, the Coyotes will not be staying in Glendale, effectively removing any type of loyalty or allegiance Shane Doan may still tether to the town. So why not trade their most tradable asset who loves that city?

What he brings

Don’t let the aging veteran fool you. Doan can still play a physical game with the best of them, and the leadership intangibles he would bring would be an added bonus in a Canucks dressing room. His 35 career playoff games over a 15-year career also indicate he’s got the hunger to win a Stanley Cup before he rides off in the sunset.

Why he fits

Doan isn’t exactly a young buck anymore, but he’s still a gritty scoring winger who’d look pretty nice on a line with Ryan Kesler and David Booth.

What he’ll cost

The price to acquire Doan wouldn’t be cheap, and given how the Coyotes are still very much in the playoff picture, it might be tough to see them trading him to a team they may possibly meet in the first round of the playoffs. Phoenix would likely want Vancouver’s most tradeable asset (Mason Raymond), a decent prospect (Jordan Schroeder or Anton Rodin come to mind), and a 1st round pick this summer.

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