Meanwhile, half the League was courting him at some point this summer, and offers are still on the table.
ESPN's John Buccigross caused a stir on Tuesday night when he passed along on Twitter that "Buffalo's four-year, $30 million dollar offer to Shane Doan is legit. Coyotes only want to go two years for now."
That followed Jeremy Roenick's admission on Monday night — in between rants about the CBA and Sidney Crosby's contract — that the Sabres had made a "huge offer" to Doan for his services.
All of this is true … as it was true back on July 14, when Die By The Blade discussed a 30-over-4 deal with Doan and the Sabres; and back on Aug. 4, when Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News first reported that Buffalo had anted up large for Doan:
Los Angeles, Detroit, San Jose, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia also believed to be possible destinations. Buffalo reportedly has a standing four-year offer worth $30 million on the table for Doan, but indications point toward him remaining in the Western Conference. The Coyotes would be his first choice.
Conversely, if Shane Doan — 35-year-old Shane Doan — is going to leave $7.5 million annually over four years on the table, it probably speaks to his desire not to relocate to Pegulaville. And the fact that the Sabres would offer a 35-plus contract with that cap hit to Doan speaks to … well, let's just call it a somewhat fiscally irresponsible desire to win when it comes to free agent courtship.
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