August 24, 2012
Doan wants new deal before Sept. 15
By QMI Agency
Unrestricted free agent Shane Doan won't go into a potential NHL work stoppage without a new contract.
Doan's agent, Terry Bross, told azcentral.com that his client will sign a contract before the current collective bargaining agreement with the league expires on Sept. 15. And if the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation isn't resolved by then, Doan will look to sign with another team.
"(It has to) be done before the 15th, otherwise we're signing somewhere because we don't know what the new CBA is going to look like, and I don't know if it's going to limit any scope of a contract, so we want to make sure we sign before then," Bross said. "I guess from that respect, time is ticking."
So Sept. 15 is the latest deadline -- there have been many more and all have passed quietly --for Doan to sign.
The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly offered Doan a four-year, $30 million contract. Other teams have expressed interest as well but Doan has been waiting to see what happens with the Coyotes franchise before deciding where to play.
WINGS WANT CARLO
The Detroit Red Wings want Carlo Colaiacovo.
Colaiacovo wants another year.
The Red Wings first offered the free-agent defenceman a one-year, $2.5 million deal, according to MLive.com, but 29-year-old Colaiacovo is looking for a three-year contract. But the Wings have apparently compromised and offered Colaiacovo a two-year pact at $2.5 million per season.
After starting his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colaiacovo spent four injury-riddled years with the St. Louis Blues. He had two goals and 17 assists in 64 games with the Blues last season.
O'REILLY, AVS AT IMPASSE
Skilled, young forward Ryan O'Reilly, a restricted free agent, still hasn't re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche.
According to the Denver Post, the sticking point has been the term of a new deal that will replace his entry-level contract. O'Reilly is looking for a five-year deal while the Avs have only offered three years.
The Post believes the 21-year-old O'Reilly wants between $3 million and $4.5 million per year.
No Colorado player is under contract beyond 2016, though. Centre Matt Duchene agreed to a two-year deal at the NHL draft in June.
O'Reilly had 18 goals and 37 assists in 81 games with the Avs last season.
HABS' JERSEYS BEST
The distinctive Montreal Canadiens jersey is the best in major North American pro sports, according to ESPN.
In the rankings of teams in the NHL, MLB, NFL and NBA, ESPN put the Habs' classic red, white and blue uniform atop the list, ahead of the second-place Chicago Bears and third-place St. Louis Cardinals. The Chicago Cubs and Boston Bruins round out the top five.
"he Habs have it all: an iconic logo, two distinct but equally classic uni designs (it's odd that the wraparound chest stripe only appears on the home jersey, but the road design works fine without it), and an ideal balance of red, white and blue," ESPN said in the ranking. "This isn't just a perfect hockey uniform set -- it's a perfect uniform set, period. Unlike the old-school classics in the other sports (Yankees, Celtics, Raiders), it has some major visual pizzazz. Puts the biscuit in the basket, and then some."
The Toronto Maple Leafs were ranked 21st, followed by the Toronto Blue Jays at 22. The Edmonton Oilers were last among Canadian teams, checking in at 104 (of 122).
"Come on, guys -- you've have the exact same logo for 40 years now, and it's clearly outlived its expiration date," ESPN said. "Surely you can update it at least a little bit."