The San Jose Sharks are among the favorites to land the services of free agent forward Shane Doan, a source has told CSNCalifornia.com.
Doan, who will turn 36 in October, is the top unrestricted NHL free agent still available.
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According to the source, the Sharks, who are generally very tight-lipped about personnel decisions, have flown under the radar in their pursuit of Doan.
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Doan reportedly met with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, and has also drawn interest from the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. His preference is to remain in Phoenix, but the uncertain ownership situation there has led to him exploring other options.
There are reports that Doan is seeking a four-year contract worth 30 million, averaging out to a 7.5 million cap hit. According to CapGeek.com, San Jose has approximately 5.57 million in cap space.
Signing Doan, who has spent his entire 16-year career with the WinnipegPhoenix franchise, could mean the Sharks would have to subsequently shed salary elsewhere.