Morning Links: Decision time for Doan

  • Shane Doan is still waiting to see if the ownership saga in Phoenix will finally end, but teams around the league are clamoring to sign the 35-year-old forward. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the latest to reportedly make an offer to Doan, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Cancuks are also believed to be in the running.

  • Canucks goalie Cory Schneider said it is too early to panic over the owners’ first proposal in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, according to The Vancouver Sun. The proposal asked players to reduce their revenue share from 57 percent to 46, increase the years of service towards unrestricted free agency from seven to 10, restrict long-term deals to five years and eliminate signing bonuses.

    “It’s a starting point,” Schneider told the paper. “We’re going to consider it and figure out what our counter proposal is going to be. Yes, it is a little shocking when you first look at it but, again, that’s how negotiations work. You aim high and then try to move back from there.”

  • The St. Louis Blues don’t appear to be close to reaching a deal with forward T.J. Oshie and are preparing for arbitration, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. GM Doug Armstrong is headed to Toronto three days before the hearing to work with counsel on the case, the paper said.