Regardless, anybody who thinks our offense is even close to being at Philly's level probably reads too much and doesn't watch enough.
15 goals less is hardly a significant difference. And the Canucks scored those goals in a much tougher conference defensively. As well, AV's philosophy is to peel back on the forecheck with even a one goal lead (We had the lead a lot.) Vancouver was tied with Chicago for most goals for in the Western conference.
Bottom line is the Canucks have nothing to hang their heads about in relation to the "young, exciting" Flyers, everyone's new fad darlings of the NHL.
Back to Doan:
The PHX saga is never ending, and it'll probably drag on for another decade until even Bettman can't disguise the fact that pretty much everyone will see that the Deep South gamble was always going to be a losing bet (except for the owners who got all that upfront money who then supported Bettman as a reciprocal "thanks' in perpetuity.)
Doan doesn't care about that bigger picture, I'm sure, but he has to be smart enough to realize that ownership issues are going to dog this team for a long time, certainly even in a "long term" four-year contract with them.
With that in mind, and realizing that no one can read his mind, I wouldn't be surprised if Doan is just putting on a show of loyalty for two reasons:
1) it's the clasy thing to do, and Doan is well-respected.
2) it's to his bargaining advantage to make it appear as if it would take a mind-blowing offer to pry him away from PHX, which he would then accept with glee.
In short: I won't at all be surprised to see Doan flee PHX, but I'll also not be at all surprised if we don't get him. I don't believe that Van is on some "short list" of two or three teams. A lot of clubs are going to pursue him aggressively, and I don't think Gillis is going to want to match other offers on term.
IMHO, it'll come down to what's most important for Doan: an extra year or two of security, or a better chance at a Cup.