DETROIT — Just a little over a week ago, the Wings were going to wait out Shane Doan.
Now it appears the wait is over.
And it’s all because a bidding war on Doan has ensued.
According to a source, Detroit seems to be out of the bidding for the power forward because the asking price is too high.
“Teams in the East have offered him ridiculous amounts of money,” the source said.
One team in the Eastern Conference has reportedly offered Doan a four-year deal with an average salary cap hit of $7.5 million a season.
That’s a far cry from what the Wings were hoping to sign Doan for, looking for three years for no more than $5 million a season.
Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, would not comment on whether or not the Wings were out of the running for his client.
“I haven’t spoken to Ken (Holland) in a couple of days,” Bross said. “Kenny made an offer but we haven’t made a counter-offer or had much negotiation.
“We haven’t eliminated anybody,” Bross continued. “We’re waiting to hear from the Jamison group tomorrow.”
Bross did said there was no scheduled meeting with the Wings.
Doan has already reportedly met with the New York Rangers, Philadelphia and will meet with Montreal.
Greg Jamison has a 20-year, $324 million lease agreement with the city of Glendale, Arizona. However, voters in the city were trying to get a referendum on the November ballot that would allow a vote on whether to approve the deal.
Bross said Doan will narrow his list of teams tomorrow and starts negotiations if they don’t hear what they want to hear from Jamsion group.
Doan’s first choice has always been to stay in Phoenix.
Doan, who made $4.5 million last season, has played his entire career for the organization, which moved from Winnipeg after the 1995-96 season.
He has scored at least 20 goals in 11 of the last 12 seasons and has scored 26 goals or more seven times in his career.
Holland couldn’t be reached for comment.