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Tampa Bay Lightning is interested in Shane Doan, but the player seems to have other ideas

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The Lightning is interested in Shane Doan, but it does not appear the unrestricted free agent has much interest in Tampa Bay.

“I’ve called and haven’t gotten a call back, so I assume there’s not an interest there,” general manager Steve Yzerman said. "That’s all I can say.”

Doan, 36 on October 10, who has scored at least 20 goals and 50 points in 11 of his past 12 season, wants to stay with the Coyotes, but ownership issues that could cause the team to eventually move may cause him to leave. The Penguins, Red Wings, Canucks, Kings and Sharks have been mentioned as possible destinations.

Reports Wednesday indicate Doan might not decide until Monday if he wants to stay or go.

Doan, 6 feet, 1, 223 pounds,  would fit in with the Lightning, which wouldn't mind adding a legitimate top-six wing. The team did trade for Ben Pouliot and Yzerman said he will get a chance to fit in on the top two lines, but Doan would be automatic.

Doan also is considered one of the league's best captains and he's durable, having missed only 24 games over the past seven seasons. He would be another respected, veteran voice in the locker room, and he's still productive with 22 goals, 50 points and 48 penalty minutes in 79 games last season while averaging 19:36 of ice time.

There always has been a sense Doan, if he leaves the Coyotes, would want to stay out west. He is from Alberta, Canada, and his wife is from Kamloops, British Columbia. Doan also is part owner of the Kamloops Blazers of the junior Western Hockey League.

Those ties are, in a hockey and personal sense, about as far from Tampa Bay as you can get.

With Doan seemingly out of the picture, Yzerman, speaking generally, said it is "not likely" he will make any more moves this summer.

"You never know," he said. "You continue to work your way and stay in touch with people around the league and see what's going on, and if something fits be prepared to act. But for the most part I think we addressed a lot of needs. I want to keep an opportunity on our team for some of the younger guys that played so well for Norfolk to come in and have a chance to make the team. So, unless it's a player I know is going to be better than one of those guys, we're not going to fill a spot."

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:24am]

    

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