If power forward Shane Doan hits the marketplace, several elite franchises will bid high for the big man.
So what if Doan turns 36 in October? If he exits the financially troubled Phoenix Coyotes, some teams may be willing to offer him a five-year deal.
The Pittsburgh Penguins could make a bid, especially if the team moves winger James Neal or defenseman Kris Letang – whose contract demands could price him out of Steel City.
The Philadelphia Flyers are always looking for size. The Detroit Red Wings are looking to muscle up for their move to the Eastern Conference. San Jose Sharks could plug him into Ryane Clowe’s old slot.
New Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella would love to add him to a front-line mix that went soft last season. The Montreal Canadiens could bid, too, if that team doesn’t land Vincent Lecavalier.
“If it's not the Coyotes, and we hope it is, we're not going to chase the market," agent Terry Bross told the Vancouver Province. “You look at what happened last week. Shea Weber signed an offer sheet, but did not go to Philadelphia, and Rick Nash was traded to New York. The whole landscape changed. We have no problem slowing this train down.
“The teams that have been interested in him, have all been great and understanding. No one has put pressure on him looking for an answer. The teams have been a pleasure to deal with.”