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What Happens to Rangers Line-up With Doan on Board?

In a piece on possible Shane Doan landing spots at NHL.com, Dan Rosen discusses how the Coyotes captain would fit in on the Rangers…

“If Doan signs with New York, he’d likely push Hagelin out of the top six and force Nash to play on the left side, where Nash says he is comfortable.

Until Gaborik returns, the Rangers could field a top line of Nash with Brad Richards and Doan and a second line of Kreider with Stepan and Callahan. Once Gaborik is back, it’s possible Callahan, the Rangers’ captain, would get pushed to the third line.”

…while I loved Hagelin on the top line last year, as his skating ability helped keep pucks alive in the offensive end, the reality is he’s a third line player right now. This doesn’t mean that I think Doan should be playing on the top line, but it gives Torts a lot more to work with and when you have a player with Hagelin’s skill set on the third line you’re team is looking pretty good.

…as far as Callahan also moving to the third line once Gaborik returns from injury, I couldn’t be more vehemently against that. His grit and determination is needed in the top six. Can’t just have skill guys out there. Someone needs to do the dirty work. I’d much rather see Doan drop down to the third spot. Although, a lot of that will depend on how he’s playing at the time.

…all of this is moot however, if he doesn’t significantly lower his price.

According to Mike Halford at Pro Hockey Talk, Doan talked to prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison on Saturday, but no details of that meeting have been released.

Rumor has it that Jamison is $20 million short of purchasing the Coyotes.

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The idea of adding Doan to the Rick Nash acquisition has me thinking that the Rangers offense will have MSG on fire this year. What I didn’t realize is that it would happen before they even took the ice, as Deadspin reports that a small fire broke out during MSG construction yesterday. This is the second fire during construction this summer…

…looks more like Glen Sather is just celebrating the Nash trade with a box of Cubans. Which reminds me of this scene in Seinfeld…

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