$6.5M / 4 years is definitely much too high for my liking, and I do expect Gillis would walk from a contract like that.
I have a hard time seeing MG paying him more than Kesler - I think it'll be $5M / x (4 or less) if he signs here.
I'm gonna say $5M / 3 or 4 is what goes down if he signs in Vancouver.
Why? What is the alternative? Another good/great regular season followed by a collapse due to a piss poor offensive performance in the playoffs?
Why? Beacuse I don't feel comfortable paying a 40 year old inevitably broken-down Doan $6.5M for a paltry point production in 4 years, that's why.
Just remember Naslund at the end of his tenure here and how badly everyone wanted him off the roster. Doan will = late Nuck career Naslund v2.0.
And what's the alternative? It's to NOT pay him that much and let him sign eleswhere. You yourself said he may or may not be the piece we're looking for, but then you insinuate that this team won't succeed in the playoffs without him.
Well, this team was going nowhere after the season before last. They left nothing in the tank after game 7 and had zero recovery time. Kesler was fucked and everyone was gassed. Still, they managed a 2nd President's trophy, despite losing Daniel to a concussion at season's end - which fucked us in the playoffs, btw.
Sorry, I dont buy the "collapse" argument. I certainly don't buy that it means we need
Doan at all costs.
Why the hell would we start opening the vaults for a guy that might or might not address what this team needs?
People just keep expecting that hail-mary manoeuvers = Cup, but that's not the case.
Doan at $5M, ok, but barely - precisely because
it's not clear whether he will adequately get us over the hump.
Doan at $6.5M... fuck no.