Roenick: Sabres Made Big Money Offer To Doan

Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on before taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.
(May 21, 2012 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

The rumors just will not die.

If you have followed the Shane Doan saga over the past couple of months, you’ve probably heard about at least eight or nine teams who are reportedly interested in signing ‘Captain Coyote’ if he chooses to leave Phoenix.

One of those teams that has been mention has been the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo has been reported as not being on Doan’s shortlist of teams that he would sign with, but that doesn’t mean the interest isn’t there from the Sabres. According to former player and current analyst Jeremy Roenick, Buffalo has made a huge money offer to Doan, but as of now the deal hasn’t been accepted.

With so much uncertainty regarding the future of the NHL due to ongoing CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) negotiations, it makes sense why Doan hasn’t signed a deal with anyone. The league as a whole has seemingly already shut down due to labor uncertainty.

Doan would bring a veteran and leadership role to a team that hasn’t had that type of presence since the days of Chris Drury and Danny Briere. The odds of the Sabres landing Doan remain slim, at best. However, if it were to happen, it would be a move that brings legitimacy back to the organization both on and off the ice.


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The high offer that was out there was to pay Doan $7.5 million. While this is not necessarily the Sabres' offer, it's the one they would have to beat, especially if they're not on Doan's 'short list.' The Sabres would be wise to pass on Doan at that ridiculous rate. The guy is good, but part of what makes him good is that he loves his organization. He would most likely not play as well as he did even this past year, which would make $7.5m a HUGE waste of money. Not worth it by a LONG shot. Sabres really just need to go get a number one center, instead of chasing after 50 point wingers for league leader coin.


@Truthbluth @mikestrawqcs I like the thoughts of Bobby Ryan, if they could work something out then I'd jump on it.


@SabresTPegs8264 @MikeStrawQCS Meh. I'd rather they work the trade route for affordable grit. Not keen on paying a 35 year old $7.5m to bang


@MikeStrawQCS the Sabres shouldn't be done in General, they're still missing 1 key piece. I'd hunt down Doan for the right price.