NY Rangers meet with veteran free-agent winger Shane Doan in New York Friday

Shane Doan came one series away from the Stanley Cup Finals this spring. So did the Rangers. Perhaps they’d be better off, then, if they just joined forces.   Doan, the 35-year-old unrestricted free agent who has spent all 16 seasons of his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets-turned-Phoenix Coyotes franchise, made his first official visit of free agency with the Rangers in new York on Friday, the Daily News has confirmed.   Doan’s visit was first reported by Arizonasports.com.

That’s despite the fact that he reportedly has offers on the table from Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh – one of them reportedly at four years, $30 million.

Doan, who is also in town this week to attend the collective bargaining negotiations between the owners and players, said outside the NHL offices on Thursday of his impending decision on a destination: "I want to make it as soon as I can."

he did not rule the Rangers out.

Doan repeatedly has said he wants to return to the Coyotes, but the tenuous ownership situation in Arizona, has led Phoenix’s captain to consider leaving the franchise that originally drafted him seventh overall as the Winnipeg Jets in 1995.

the right winger has scored 50 or more points in 11 of his past 12 NHL seasons. though the Rangers have been among teams seeking a deal with Columbus for Blue Jackets right wing Rick Nash, acquiring Doan would mean adding a veteran, point-producer and strong locker-room influence for money alone. the Blueshirts are high on their promising young talent they would likely have to deal to acquire Nash, which is believed to be the reason nothing has moved forward with Columbus.

Doan has relationships up and down the Rangers coaching staff: Assistant GM/assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld was Doan’s head coach for two seasons in Phoenix. John Tortorella was the assistant those two seasons in 1997-98 and 1998-99. Goaltending coach Benoit Allaire was an assistant for seven years in Phoenix, and assistant coach Mike Sullivan played as Doan’s teammate from 1998 through 2002.

Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

NY Rangers meet with veteran free-agent winger Shane Doan in New York Friday


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