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Doan visited both the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers when he was in New York for labour meetings. Reportedly, he has plans to visit Montreal.

So, where is Vancouver on his priority list?

He hasn’t visited Vancouver but that’s because he’s so familiar with the city,” Bross said. “He knows all about it, the team, the history, and what it’s like to live there. So does his wife.

“It hasn’t been a big priority to visit there.”

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If we don't sign Doan, what about Jason Arnott, perhaps for the 3rd line center?? He's big and experienced. The question is, what does he have left in the tank?

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I'd rather have an improving Max Lapierre center the 3rd than waste $3M on a declining Arnott.

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then i'm incredibly glad you're not an nhl general manager.

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Doan visiting Montreal eh, maybe I can chase him down and ask him to sign with Van!

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Doan visiting Montreal eh, maybe I can chase him down and ask him to sign with Van!

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for a year or two? sure. the guy's 6'5" 220lbs with a cup ring and had 17 goals last year. he's been a captain in the league. the canucks are terribly shallow at center ice. kesler won't be 100% until december.

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honestly i'd like 6-8 of the canucks forwards to be natural centers. look at team canada 2010, the 2011 boston bruins, 2012 kings, etc.

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Doan's price will be more than $6 million per year on a 4 or more year term. He will get grossly overpaid as most UFA's do. Paying this high a price for a 35+ player on a multi year deal is not a good idea.

I do not think Canucks will be announcing the signing of Shane Doan any time soon. MG will not and should not offer the type of money and term other teams will be willing to offer.

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A lot of things appear to be hinged on what happens with Doan.

Where he signs will affect what the Canucks try to get in the assumed Luongo deal, and it will affect what kind of cap space the Canucks have to sign any any other free agents (such as Arnott). Hopefully he signs soon so Gillis can get on with the rest of the off-season wheelings and dealings.

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Doan's price will be more than $6 million per year on a 4 or more year term. He will get grossly overpaid as most UFA's do. Paying this high a price for a 35+ player on a multi year deal is not a good idea.

I do not think Canucks will be announcing the signing of Shane Doan any time soon. MG will not and should not offer the type of money and term other teams will be willing to offer.

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keslers spot should he not start the season, will most likely be Schroeder's and then we will have manny and lappy as natural centers. Manny isnt going anywhere, and him playing 4th line wing makes a lot less sense than 3rd C. With that said I would be all for getting a different 3rd line C, but Id rather it be someone young and cheap yet still effective. Im not saying we should or will get matthias, but he could be a good option with 1 year remaining on his ELC

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honestly i'd like 6-8 of the canucks forwards to be natural centers. look at team canada 2010, the 2011 boston bruins, 2012 kings, etc.

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for a year or two? sure. the guy's 6'5" 220lbs with a cup ring and had 17 goals last year. it's only been 2 or 3 years since he scored at a 60 point clip. he has almost 1000 career points. he's been a captain in the league. the canucks are terribly shallow at center ice. kesler won't be 100% until december. if mason raymond took a pay cut to get $2.2 and you're willing to give doan $5 for 5 years, then arnott is a hell of a deal at $3 for a year or two.

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At the end of the day, the Canucks need a guy like Jochen Hecht, Arnott or Morrison more than a guy like Doan. We have plenty of powerforward wingers for our top-6 (Burrows, Booth, Higgins, Hansen) and just not enough centermen, especially with Kesler most likely chugging at a slower pace than usual.

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Exactly what I've been saying for a long time. The main ingredients of a Cup winner is a solid #1 top pairing on defence, a world-class goalie and depth down the middle.

Since our 2011 Cup run, we basically lost 2 big centermen. Hodgson is gone and has not been replaced, and Malhotra is not the same as he used to be, so essentially our center ice position is a lot weaker. Now factor in an ageing Henrik who has most likely hit his prime that season, and Kesler who is constantly injured and you have a terrible center position.

What was once our strongest asset is now dwindling and MG has done nothing to fix it. Firstly, we need to find an offensive centerman for our 3rd line to keep up with Raymond and Hansen who can both score 15-20 goals next season. That gives us 5 NHL centermen playing in our lineup which is much stronger depth.

If MG isn't going to pick us up a nice 3rd line center who can score 30-40 points then guys like Raymond and Higgins better start practicing how to be centermen. They've both played the position in the past so better get used to it again, because you win Cups with depth at center ice, not wing which is what we're stacked with right now.

At the end of the day, the Canucks need a guy like Jochen Hecht, Arnott or Morrison more than a guy like Doan. We have plenty of powerforward wingers for our top-6 (Burrows, Booth, Higgins, Hansen) and just not enough centermen, especially with Kesler most likely chugging at a slower pace than usual.

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