They couldn't convince him and probably wasn't anything more they could do with Doan. But the fact that they haven't addressed the issue is a failure.
How do you suppose they do it? Short of hog tying Doan and forcing him to play for us. Everyone knew he wanted to stay in Phoenix. Excluding him there really wasn't anyone that would address our scoring needs.
Nonis went hard after what he could - Forsberg, Brunnstrom, etc. He just failed too.
Gillis has added players throughout the lineup (Higgins, Lapierre, Booth, Sammy etc.) that have improved the team while Nonis added guys in the bottom of the lineup that shouldn't have been in the league. There is no comparison.
...and how do you convince someone that doesn't want to leave to leave?
You burn their house down?
The only way Doan was leaving was if the Coyotes weren't staying (as we all know)... If their house was burned down, Doan is probably a Canuck... But, his house is still standing, by what looks like a little more than a thread, but it's still there... Gillis could have offered $1 mill more per year, and I don't think it would have changed Doan's decision to stay... Completely out of Gillis' control...
Before anyone starts moaning too much about this "failed" offseason, realize that it probably isn't ending until September 2013....
The thing that boggles my mind is that it's not even close to a failed offseason. We have some scoring issues, sure, but name me a team that doesn't have an issue on their roster. It's the life of the cap era. Every team has holes. We have a fantastic team and we added a top 4 defenceman this offseason and lost nobody. It's ridiculous to suggest we've had a poor offseason.
Want a poor offseason? Look at Nashville. Look at Detroit. Those teams are the ones that should be worrying.
I'm not that upset. Between the owners insisting the cap go down and the players not wanting a salary rollback, our cap outlook isn't great. The addition of another big contract could have made a real mess, especially if Lu can't be moved soon. I'm not sure adding Doan would be that much of a win if we had to dump significant assets with no return as a consequence.
How do you suggest we could have changed Doan's mind about wanting to stay in Phoenix, and if we couldn't, then why complain as if we could have? It is what it is.
Well, for starters the Aquillinis could've built a massive greenhouse over the city of Vancouver, covered it in sand and added some desert flora and fauna, convincing him it was Nuevo Phoenix. Next, they could have mowed down half of Yaletown to make room for Doan's horses right next to the arena. Furthermore, they could have and should have traded Kesler and the twins in order to lock Shane up for an unprecedented max contract for the next 11 years.