Shane Doan

- July 10th, 2012

From what I gather, Shane Doan is a prince. Anybody in my business who has ever chatted with him walks away with the impression he is a great guy.
Whichever team winds up signing the unrestricted free agent winger will know it is getting a man of strong character – which, along with his hockey talents, is why so many teams would like to land him.
Doan, who I once saw dining at an Ottawa steakhouse with Mike Fisher, reminds me a lot of the former Senator.
He’s dedicated, clean, hardworking – and he would be a very positive addition to any NHL dressing room.
All that said, I found it interesting to read a story about his representative, Terry Bross of Gaylord Sports Management. A couple of years ago porn star Bibi Jones said an agent used to bring her to Arizona bars to meet major league baseball players, presumably in an attempt to expand his client stable.
Jones says she wasn’t paid, that she was there as his “arm candy”, but that she also slept with “definitely more than 10″ players. I read that to mean on separate occasions, not all at once.
It was later revealed by Business Insider that the agent was Bross.
Now, I expect this has absolutely nothing to do with Doan, who very well could wind up with the Vancouver Canucks because he wants to play for a contender and his wife is from nearby Kamloops. And I’m not even sure the tactics allegedly used by Bross in 2010 are all that terrible – especially if he really wasn’t acting as Jones’ pimp.
As I said, I just found the whole thing interesting, and I thought I would open the door to your jokes.
Remember, this blog has a moderator. With Garrioch on holidays, it’s pretty much just me.

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31 comments

  1. Daniel Murphy says:

    If pro athletes can’t get lucky on their own, without assistance from an agent, then they deep down they must be big time losers.

    By the way Don, Bobby G knows alot about this type of behaviour. When we were young, we were babe magnets.

  2. Mike8888 says:

    When I’m in a bar trying to pick up women, I tell the ladies that I know Dennis and Bobby. So far it hasn’t been going all that well.

  3. Daniel Murphy says:

    I assume you mean Dennis and Bobby Hull? Actually, if you said you knew Bobby and Danny, you will never get lucky.

  4. Dennis_w says:

    Mike,

    That’s because they were leaf fans. You should’ve mentioned that you knew Kevin instead.

  5. Daniel Murphy says:

    I see Chris Neil got a nice contract extension. I didn’t think he was part of the re-build. I guess he is.

  6. Mike8888 says:

    I tried Kevin first Dennis.

  7. Kevin F. says:

    Wouldn’t work Dennis, any women I ever approached in a bar ran away immediately laughing or screaming, Leaf fans or otherwise.

  8. Danny-boy, thanks for the compliment but women always scared the hell out of me. I would always get tongue tied around them especially if there was one I liked. I went from dumb to dumber.

    Mikey, I say you know Danny and Bobby you may find yourself in the company of a few bluehairs.

    Neil is a solid performer and has been great for the Senators for years!

    I was a Black Hawk fan until Hull left and only until Ottawa got the Sens did I favor one team. I will always describe myself as a fan of hockey first. I did indeed like to watch the Leafs when they had Leeman, Clark, Courtnal and the only 50 goal scorer in the franchises history.

    Can anyone believe that the Ghost has found himself another job? I certainly can’t.

  9. ChokerHater says:

    Quote from Daniel The Magnet
    “When we were young, we were babe magnets”

    well you wouldn’t need an agent then, nor a porn star hooker

    Sounds like this agent is someone Tiger Woods would enjoy

  10. Mike8888 says:

    I’m going to see if I can get that agent to represent me.

  11. Kevin F. says:

    Hey anybody else think that the end of the great Alfie decision, will just happen to coincide with next seasons ticket drive?

  12. Again we read about the candidates who may patrol the right wing with Spezza and Michalek; they include many but we hear nothing about Andre Petersson. Why is his name not mentioned? Why can’t I simply get an answer as to why the “kid who will patrol the right-side with Spezza for the next 10 years” is now completely ignored in favor of others, including a kid who scored all of 5 goals in the SEL last year another who just graduated from Junior?

    I have to think that the Islanders must be dumb as spit to award Carkner a 3 year contract for millions with such balky knees! Did he really have bad knees or did he sit all those games last year simply because the coach made the decision? It is now safe to discuss the lack of team toughness (something I have maintained for years) because Murray concedes it? With Carkner, Foligno and Konopka gone for much greener pastures, Ottawa picked up Lundin, Methot and Latendresse. I think Latendresse MAY pan out and worth the risk but he will not be tough to play against. Lundin having played most of last year in the manures is another real softie and will never drop the gloves and neither will Methot. The Sens got much softer!

    Where will Winchester play this year…in the NHL for any other team? Absolutely not, which begs the question, why did he play at all and make several million dollars? Was it because of his outstanding Junior career (not)? Was it because of his outstanding NCAA career (another undrafted NCAA player)? Was it because he did so well in the AHL (no, unlike Smith who scored 24 as a rookie in the minors, Murray beat the hordes of other NHL GMs and awarded Winchester a 2 year one-way NHL contract). Was it because of his amazing NHL stats (his 4 goals one year was his very best).

    I suspect Kevin is right, Alfredsson will announce his decision to play another year coincidental with the tricket drive and fans will all be in a frenzy! If Murray is willing to leak that God is leaning to playing another year you can bet he knows much more. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind him coming back (he did score 27 goals). But it will be hard to stomach the supersaturation of all things Alfredsson: the gazillion photos; the infinite blurbs in the papers; the cannonization; the hero worship; the score board leading the lemmings in chant 3 times every home game.

    Is Greening now a questionable top six guy???? I don’t think that was ever in question…he isn’t. But, he could be a very good 3rd or 4th line guy IF he played with a little more grit and used his so-called speed (I have witnessed it in skills competitions only). Why break up Smith with Neal and the Android? I like this line combination a lot. Smith is asked to provide more physicality but not Greening? Why?

  13. ChokerHater says:

    So I know this is a little off topic, but relevant
    So Alfie (commonly known as the red headed Krusty the Clown) is thinking about playing next year, but he’s not sure. He’s hummimg and hawing. Do you think it’s because his contract only pays him 1 million dollars next year, and he’s angling for a new one year deal that will over pay him like he’s been over paid the last three or four years, or do you think he’ll come back and play for the 1 million he signed a contract for?
    My bet says he either gets new money, or he retires

  14. OD99 says:

    Anybody else not care if the Alfie decision is somehow tied into some promotional campaign?

  15. Mike8888 says:

    I suspect Alfie wants a multi year deal. I don’t blame him. I don’t see any reason why he can’t keep producing like Selanne.

  16. I am really surpirsed Mike Green turned down the one year $5m offer to stay in Washington; what the hell was he expecting? I like the kid and know he is really talented but he has not been the same player since he was concussed. If he truly believes he is worth more than what was offered, perhaps he should look at Doughty and model is game (somewhat) after his, play an entire year and earn a similar contract!

    Having said that, I am still shocked at the dollars Fletch (another ex-GM’s son) threw at Suter and Parise. Suter had 238 points in 542 games with 38 goals and 396 penalty minutes (pim). Really good numbers for a defenceman but we need to put in perspective; he did play the entire time with the big, tough, hard shooting, hard hitting Shane Weber! Although Weber has been in only a few fights in the last year or two, it is because he has earned his respect earlier in his career. We will soon see how Suter does on his own! As for Parise, he accumulated 410 points in 502 games, scoring 216 goals and 177 pim. The $190m for these two is so far out of wack it truly defies reason.

    I would love to see the 24 year old, 6-2, 230 lb Chris Stuart in a Sens jersey. I loved the way the kid played in Colorado and believe he would be a wonderful addition here in Ottawa. He can score goals and hehe can lay down the law! We are not privy to what may be going on behind the scenes but whatever it may be, I think Maclean as a player’s coach could fix it.

    It is interesting that the kids who are to be making contributions to the Senators this year are also being written about as players who will be mentored by Benoit in the minors. Is it good for the development of Silfverberg, Noesen, Stone, Zibanejad and others to play in the NHL this year? Is it the right thing to do? What does the organization expect from these players this year (I would be curious to know)? For the organization to suggest that Gryba and Wiercoch have a chance to play for the big club is really very silly. And, for the Murray’s to introduce the notion that Benoit “could” play for the big club is the same. Certainly he would be ‘filler’ but he was resigned to play in Bingo!

  17. “First, let me apologize for the lack of postings on this blog of late. I’m going to pick up the pace again, starting now”.

    I suspect I have been banished; I am not sure why but such is life. I wish you guys well and if I can offer some advice Don, don’t make promises you cannot keep (…under promise, over deliver…it is easiest way to put yourself in a winning position).

  18. ChokerHater says:

    Well I suspect he wants his contract renewed for a huge lift in the 1 million he is slated to get, and I’m not sure on this but I’m pretty sure Selanne is, and has been, on one year contracts for quite some time, the point is, Alfie still has a contract, but he won’t play unless they redo it, guaranteed

  19. Kevin F. says:

    Hey boys what’s wrong with those last 2 no cussin or nuttin, getting sensitive are we?

  20. Mike8888 says:

    The Sen’s will probably sign him to a one year extension with a bonus to boost his pay for this season.

  21. I suspect God has enough money and the delay has more to do with his dwindling interest in playing any longer and I can’t say I blame him. Has he spent the entire summer in Sweden?

    If the GM says the team needs to be tougher, you can be assured they are desperate for some muscle. Everything is exaggerated with him to “sell” the merit of every decision. When there is a need, it is understated; every signing is triumph beating other GMs (Daisey the Air Rifle, DaOates-like Costa, Butler and many others); new players are all outstanding and prospects, potential stars. With the departure of Carkner, Konopka and Foligno and the addition of Methot and Lundin (who the hell is he?) the team got immersurably softer! As I have said often, opposition forwards need to know they run the risk of being rocked when crossing the Senators blueline and going into a corner. For the most part, Ottawa’s defence do not do that.

  22. Daniel Murphy says:

    I think Murray should open the purse strings a give Alfie at least 5 million for this season. We owe it to him, besides he is great for the community and does so much charitable work.

  23. You kill me Danny-boy! I would love to have someone quantify “all the great community and charity work he actually does”. If showing up for once in a blue moon for some Gala to rub elbows with the great citizens of Ottawa like Lawrence Greenspon, Jim Watson and all the Greenbergs when the cameras are rolling is deemed heroic, then I guess he is just that.

    To me, great citizens and heros volunteer on their own volition (they need not be asked). The truly believe in what they do, do it on a regular basis and it becomes a legacy in the lives. They don’t give a damn about getting their mugs in the newspapers and they never actually do. They do it for themselves because they have a mission and it certainly doesn’t involve a not so hidden agenda. Personally, I couldn’t care less if a hockey player, ambulance chasing lawyer or gaudy rich builder show up for photo opps! Just show me the money the same way Koivu did when he bought an MRI for the City of Montreal when he played there! I know some real heroes and they do their work in the dark.

  24. OD99 says:

    You guys are the best – kick a guy for doing some charitable work and drill holes in their reasoning even though you have no fricking clue.

    Ever wonder why charities like having celebrities as part of their organizations? It is because they are celebrities and by extension they bring more awareness to a cause – because they are celebrities.

    Sheesh…some pretty high horses you guys have – must be awesome to be so perfect and pure.

  25. I am far from perfect and I am not criticizing God…I have and continue to suggest he isn’t a hero nor is he a great citizen and that is all!

    There is another “great citizen” and “hero” who brought “awareness” to the cause. She rode a bike in the Olypmics and after when the Games were over one year, she suffered depression because of the lull in activity in her life. This is supposed to inspire? I know some and one in particular who really suffer and suffered and they too could/should be the ones garnering attention but organizations like Bell and the Senators want to promote their organizations first and the cause is only a tool. We have a little lady who got a double lung transplant; she with the help of the media brought awareness to her plight all the way to one of the most popular American television shows and hosts! There was no need for the Bells and Ottawa Senators of the world.

    I have no issue with Alfresson. He didn’t volunteer his time; he was asked! He doesn’t work tirelessly for the cause but he is called a “great member of the community (even though he is a hermit and avoids the public fiercely) and a “hero”. That is what I object to Dave.

  26. Daniel Murphy says:

    OD – With all respect to Alfie, Bobby and I are not dumping on him for whatever he does. We are dumping on naive sports fanatics who idolize hockey players and other celebs if though they were gods. Perhaps when you get older, you might understand where we and our sage wisdom comes from.

    Now, I would like to buy season tickets but I don’t appreciate being jerked around. Is Alfie playing this year or not?

  27. Dennis_w says:

    Daniel,

    You’ve got to be kidding. Who one here comes across as idiolizing Alfie? It’s actually the opposite; take look at what’s written on this blog and the vast majority are dumping all over him (just check).

    Take a look at who’s been commenting (obsessing?) about Alfie here. It’s certainly not fans of his and it speaks to the nature of this blog.

    The closest thing to idiolizing a professional athlete I see here is Bobby and Spezza.

    And since Alfie is just another athlete, how are you being “jerked around” by not knowing whether he plays or not? Will it impact you going to games, or cheering for the team?  He’s replaceable on the team just like anyone else.

    I’ve always stated that I cheer for the team, not individual players. If anything, it seems to be the “older” guys, who should know better, that seem to become fixated on the players.

     

  28. You kill me bro!

    Has the team signed Daisey the Air Rifle yet…has any team offered him….anything? If not, why? Is this what you are waiting for Dan…validation that Daisey will be playing again this year?

    You should have your mind 50% made up to invest in season tickets with the confirmation Obrien will return after signing a one-way! Certainly the addition of Benoit, Lundin and Methot has you all a-twitter!

    You are absolutely right mon vieux, I do not idolize any hockey player (although I did when 12). With Alfredsson “home” in Sweden all summer…I wonder who is fulfilling all his “You Know Who I Am” duties in his absence (has mental health taken a holiday?). Sage wisdom Danny? I was never blessed but I do have the ability to call a spade a spade. Heroes, for the most part, opporate in the dark and I know a few and one in particular!

    I have and never will dump on Alfredsson. What I dump on is the excessive, incessant and nauseating coverage. Much of which is invention. However, I did bump into him with my girl friend at the Civic (just the 3 of us) and he couldn’t escape fast enough. This is a girl who like some here, idolizes the man but all he wanted to do was escape. What’s so ironic, this girl suffers from PTSD and it was Alfredsson’s support (in the advertising) that gave her strength to fight the illness and speak publicly. I witnessed no heroism. I must dump on Yzerman too; I loved him as a hockey player but do not share the same opinion as the gazillion who think he is a fantastci GM. I feel the same way about Gretzky (I must dump on him too); I loved him as a hockey player but he has done absolutely nothing good since his retirement. For the little weasle who is the league’s Commissioner to suggest the NHL needs him is laughable.

    There are far too many legitimate heroes that need to be recognized; I am offended by the ones who are invented!

  29. OD99 says:

    Fair enough Bobby but I suspect only a small portion of people would care about any real life heroes – that isn’t how our society works. In general we like flash and celebrities provide that.

    Daniel, I get things just fine and there is a huge difference between liking a hockey player and believing he has had a positive impact in our community and your views of people treating them like Gods…I don’t think it takes age to understand that.

    So Alfie is the determining factor if you want tickets or not?

  30. You are probably right Davey and it is sad. I often wonder if it is the media who invent the heroes or the public with the media simply responding to demand. Perhaps a little of both. I have often said that the word gets thrown around far too much and has lost its meaning. I don’t call military men, police officers or fire fighters heroes only when they get killed! All of them, like most of us, simply selected where they wanted to work! I have known many and their intention was never primarily to “serve”. However, their work is far more noble than those who are paid many millions to play a sport they love and retire gaudy rich decades before most ordinary citizens. I have nothing against Alfredsson (althoug I did witness his true colours) and it is the media who respond the the Senator oganization who are responsible for the siliness inciting the madness. The entire notion of the hockey players as good citizens is absoloutely absurd and I find it offensive. It is all marketting.

    I must share with you what I think of the British Open. It has become a bore and was only interesting the last 5 holes of the last day. Great courses make the best in the world use all the clubs in their bad. Great courses do not need to add 100 bunkers and grow rough testicle hight to make it challenging. I love links golf and it has nothing to do with the weather (it describes the course). Royal Lytam and St Annes is an eye sore. It is unsightly and only made difficult by bunkers (contrived) and the weather (wind blowing 25-30 mph the last day). Mike Turico is awful and why CBS have people like him and “Boomer” doing golf is silly. Azinger is predictable and repetitive. The “legendary” Aliss is a pompous clown who added nothing but the worst were the villiage idiots Strange and Weiskoff. Who the hell makes these decisions? Weiskoff…really? These guys are/were inarticulate and cannot finish a sentence or a thought! There command of the English language is shameful. Why do they all feel the need to fill air waves with incessant nonsense (sometimes silence is golden). Why do they all feel compelled to introduce the others name after ever comment? They could learn much from people like Rentin Laidlaw, Warren Humphries, Ken Brown, Julian Tutt and Jay Townsend.

    With so many unbelievable golf courses in Great Britain, it is hight time the R & A eliminated courses like Royal Lytham from the rotation.

  31. Daniel Murphy says:

    Although I have no intentions to buy season tickets, I have to think many sports fans decide to buy season tickets based on an individual player playing or not. I am sure the likes of Messier or Gretzky or Drew Brees or Tom Brady are or were the deciding factors as to whether someone bought a season ticket or not. Wake up guys, more people idolize and bow to Alfie, including the media, than I care to acknowledge. I have to think there a many people who will not buy or renew their season ticket if Alfie does not play ergo I think he should he tell his loyal fans accordingly.

    Based on the ridiculous contracts being tossed around, how does one take any GM or owner seriously. Are they really bright intelligent hockey people or are they glorified ATM machines?

    Parity in the NHL will mean the Sens will compete and perhaps make the playoffs. Will we have the horses to go deep into the playoffs is not likely unless we obtain a few more key pieces (i.e. a stud defenseman and a top six forward with a niche for scoring).

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