Devil people: “Doan is reportedly asking for as close to a 4 year – 30 million dollar contract which is quite a lot, even for him. Still, if the Devils feel they need the scoring presence in the absence of Parise, would you want the Devils to reach out to Doan and try to reach an agreement?”
Going into next season with the roster intact (which, by the way, is some kind of miracle) is a silver lining inside a cloud no-one is talking about yet. The conventional wisdom is that a huge contributing factor to Stanley Cup hangover is the fact that the team has just played 100+ games compared to most teams’ 82, and have had only a few weeks to recover, compared to half a year. Players are banged up. Old players, exponentially so.
https://twitter.com/reallisa/status/222393954803531776 Terry Bross, agent for UFA F Shane Doan, tells Detroit Free Press: “Shane has interest in Detroit.” Has heard from Wings today. #RedWings July 9, 2012 11:14 AM via Twitter for iPadReplyRetweetFavorite @HeleneStJames Helene St. James Pens have talked to Shane Doan, Agent reports Doan’s “interested” in Pittsburgh http://t.co/Lg7R82rz July 9, 2012 11:21 AM…
It was a Shane Doan we never saw before.
Bitter. Frustrated. Unhinged.
“I bit my tongue this whole series,” he said. “This whole series.”
The Phoenix Coyotes’ magical season came to an end Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena and it was hard for the captain to bow out gracefully.
The Yotes have been feeding for so long on the fact that they have been on the verge of bankruptcy, legal troubles, one foot out the door to other cities, playing in empty arenas — using all of that as a rallying cry — that their sense of persecution has become an ingrained and defining part of their collective identity. “Everyone is out to get us” — in its various iterations — has been their team motto, and they’ve used it to their advantage, until now. And their psychotic reaction to actually losing is the flip side of believing their own internal narrative.
- I’m pretty sure Terry Murray would have benched Penner after the first period of this game. Sutter did not.
- Only one coach has knocked out the first three seeds in the first three rounds of the playoffs, and he’s done it twice.
- Dustin Brown check on Roszival. Sorry, Phoenix, that’s not a knee-on-knee check.
- Note to Phoenix fans: throwing crap on the ice is classless, and it also can cost your team because the ref can call a penalty against the home team.
- Oh never mind: YOUR SEASON IS OVER.
The reason the “experts” are picking the Kings at this point is that the Coyotes mostly haven’t shown up at all this series, and to the degree that they have shown up, they’ve self-destructed. It’s not like it’s been close and you’ve soldiered on valiantly despite public opinion.
When Martin Hanzel boarded Dustin Brown in tonight’s game, with Brown lying face down and motionless on the ice, my 8 year old son had a question:
“Why are they cheering?”
“You can stand up for your teammates but at a certain point elbowing people and jumping onto their heads just makes you a dick.” — God, to Shane Doan
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