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Report: Free agent Doan to visit with Canadiens next week

TSN.ca Staff

7/24/2012 4:13:00 PM

The free agent courtship of Shane Doan continues, as TVA Sports in Quebec reports that the free agent forward will visit the Montreal Canadiens next week.

"Doan has been in discussions with Canadiens this week and he has told his agent that he wanted to make a visit," a source close to the situation told TVA Sports on Tuesday.

Doan, an unrestricted free agent, has already visited with the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers over the last week while taking part in collective bargaining talks with the NHL and NHL Players' Association.

The 35-year-old forward has maintained that his first priority is to stay with the Phoenix Coyotes and is keeping a close eye on whether prospective buyer Greg Jamison will be able to close his deal to keep the team in Arizona. According to The Phoenix Business Journal, Doan has reportedly given Jamison's group a deadline of Friday to show there's progress being made towards a sale.

Doan, the cousin of Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, is coming off a five-year, $22.75 million contract with an average annual value of $4.55 million.