The Pittsburgh Penguins may have missed out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter earlier this month, but they may not miss out on Plan B...and C.
According to a Tweet from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Penguins have made an offer to free agent forward Shane Doan, though the terms or salary were not included. Possibly she ran out of characters?
She said there is a mutual interest from Doan.
This report goes against previous reports that Doan would like to stay in the Western Conference to be close to his family. St. Louis, Los Angeles and Vancouver have all been rumored to be in on the 35-year-old.
Doan doesn't appear to be returning to Phoenix, where he's spent nearly his entire career after moving with the organization from Winnipeg, due to the uncertainty of their future in Arizona. At this point in his career, Doan probably wants to know where he'll be playing for the next handful of years. The Coyotes cannot offer him that.
The Penguins have also been linked to winger Alex Semin, who remains the top available talent in a very shallow free agent group. The Penguins currently have about $10 million available in cap space.
Pittsburgh is already pretty strong in the Eastern Conference, and adding either Doan or Semin will only make a giant that much stronger to contend with.