It's nearly September and Shane Doan has yet to choose a home team for next season. Partially because he's not sure where his current team, the Phoenix Coyotes, will call home; and partially because he doesn't know when next season will begin, exactly.
Meanwhile, half the League was courting him at some point this summer, and offers are still on the table.
ESPN's John Buccigross caused a stir on Tuesday night when he passed along on Twitter that "Buffalo's four-year, $30 million dollar offer to Shane Doan is legit. Coyotes only want to go two years for now."
That followed Jeremy Roenick's admission on Monday night — in between rants about the CBA and Sidney Crosby's contract — that the Sabres had made a "huge offer" to Doan for his services.
All of this is true … as it was true back on July 14, when Die By The Blade discussed a 30-over-4 deal with Doan and the Sabres; and back on Aug. 4, when Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News first reported that Buffalo had anted up large for Doan:
Los Angeles, Detroit, San Jose, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia also believed to be possible destinations. Buffalo reportedly has a standing four-year offer worth $30 million on the table for Doan, but indications point toward him remaining in the Western Conference. The Coyotes would be his first choice.
Conversely, if Shane Doan — 35-year-old Shane Doan — is going to leave $7.5 million annually over four years on the table, it probably speaks to his desire not to relocate to Pegulaville. And the fact that the Sabres would offer a 35-plus contract with that cap hit to Doan speaks to … well, let's just call it a somewhat fiscally irresponsible desire to win when it comes to free agent courtship.