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July 31, 2012 | 10:40am ET
Wings still keeping an eye on Doan
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Although the Red Wings were said to be out of the Shane Doan-sweepstakes, the Detroit Free Press reports that the team is still keeping an eye out on the Coyotes' captain.

The 35-year-old has yet to make a decision on whether he chooses to stay with Phoenix, his first priority at the moment, or to explore several significant offers on the open market due to the team's unstable ownership situation in Glendale.

Doan is not convinced by prospective buyer Greg Jamison, who was expected to give him a reassuring update on Friday, and could soon ask his agent Terry Bross to start negotiating with some of the many interested teams looking to land the gritty forward.

Wings GM Ken Holland had been in contact with Bross and Doan in the last few weeks, but was said to have second thoughts about the forward, who is seeking a multi-year contract with a pricey annual cap hit.

Speculation suggests that Doan has been tendered a four-year, $30 million contract offer by an unidentified team, while some others clubs are reluctant to make such as a deal with the Coyotes' captain given that at as his age, a buyout is not an option.

While the Wings could use Doan's offensive and gritty prowess up front, they are not expected to offer the winger the highest annual average on their roster.

However, Holland is still expected to push at acquiring Doan at a reasonable price while the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers are also in the running.

The Arizona Republic recently reported that Doan and Jamison spoke on Saturday about an update on the status of the ownership situation, but revealed that the prospective owner was still working towards a sale agreement without any specific timetable.

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