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NHL Free Agency: Shane Doan Unlikely To Sign With Avalanche

Long time Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has been linked with several different NHL teams since the start of NHL Free Agency, and the Colorado Avalanche have been among them. It made sense, Doan is a veteran and solid player on the ice, who could provide a bit of backbone to the young core that the Avs have put together in the past few years.

Unfortunately, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post made it clear in a Monday article that Doan will most likely not be an Av when it's all said and done. According to Dater, Doan is being linked most heavily at the moment with the San Jose Sharks:

Judging by Bross’s words tonight, Doan may have most interest in signing with the San Jose Sharks. In an email interview with San Jose Mercury News Sharks beat writer David Pollak, Bross said there is "strong mutual interest" between Doan and the Sharks, and that a decision to sign could come Tuesday.

Things may change, but at this point, it seems unlikely we’ll say "Doan Deal" on the Coyotes captain becoming an Av.

With Doan gone and Alexander Semin looking just as unlikely to sign for Colorado, it looks like the Avs are done with any bigger name signings in this season's free agency period unless they pull off a big trade.

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