Although the 35-year-old keeps reiterating his desire to stick with the Coyotes, the instability of the ownership situation in Glendale indicates that the forward could potentially choose to continue his career elsewhere.
Doan has spent his entire 16-year NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets/Coyotes franchise.
If the Sharks are indeed looking to land Doan, GM Doug Wilson will need to drop salary to make room for the winger, who is reportedly seeking a four-year, $30 million contract.
Meanwhile, the Nashville Tennessean reports Predators GM David Poile doesn't expect Doan to pay a visit to Nashville, but claims it had more to do with the long-time Coyotes' knowledge of the Preds and their market.
"Based on the conversations we've had, he is very comfortable with the city and knows a lot about it," Poile told the paper. "He knows some of our guys very well and feels very comfortable about it. His agent knows the city quite well. His agent represents baseball players and some of his clients live here."
Poile understands that Doan's preference is to stay in Phoenix, and is respectful of that. But if Doan opts to leave Arizona, the Predators will be waiting.
"First and foremost we hope it succeeds in Phoenix and that he re-signs there because that's where he wants to play," Poile said. "If it doesn't work for him, we would be very interested, and we've made that very clear to him and to his agent."