Buffalo Sabres fans hope the next press conference with Shane Doan has a blue and gold background. Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

How Bad Do The Buffalo Sabres Want Shane Doan?

It appears as if Shane Doan has drawn a line in the sand for the Phoenix Coyotes  – giving potential owner Jamison until Friday to give him some assurances that the situation in Glendale will be solidified.  If Jamison can’t – Doan will start looking at other organizations a lot harder.  The Buffalo Sabres have reached out to Shane Doan and have told the winger that they want his services in Buffalo.

Darcy Regier told WGR550: “I have reached out to his agent,” but, “that’s going to play out with respect to the Phoenix situation and with respect to a lot of other interest from other teams.

One of those teams that would be interested in Shane Doan appeared to be off the table, but with the Nashville Predators matching the offer sheet signed by Shea Weber and the Philadelphia Flyers today – the Flyers are back on the hunt for a veteran presence to help their winning ways.  The Flyers have a pile of money to spend, and the reported 4 year 30 million dollar contract could easily be matched or beaten by the Flyers.

The scariest part of any Doan/Flyers conversation is he fits in well with the mantra of the Flyers – edgy, a touch of a dirty side.  After playing most of his career for a sub par organization, his talent has flourished a bit with the success of the desert dogs – the ability to join a team full of winning players that always play his style of game – the match couldn’t be any easier.

The Buffalo Sabres need to roll up their sleeves at this point and get dirty with the rest of the NHL and prove that they want to have a team that will compete and stretch for a title.  Merely reaching out to Doan’s agent is not enough.  Inviting him to visit the organization in Buffalo isn’t enough – but it is a must.  Terry and company should be boarding a plane and heading to Kamploops to babysit Doan’s kids so him and his wife can have a night out – hell his daughters are old enough – let them babysit while you take Doan and his wife on an all expenses trip.  Doan wants assurances that the owner is stable and wants to win – well Pegula has the Buffalo Sabres on a three year plan to win the Stanley Cup.

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