Service time makes a difference even in long term contracts because locking up potential free agent years are more expensive to a team than locking up arbitration years. A player in arbitration has only a single option as to who he plays for and the salary numbers that are exchanged represent this limitation. A player entering free agency potentially has thirty different options and offers to good players represent the lack of limitations.
In other words, pushing free agency back as far as possible is beneficial to the club in many ways.
7. Shane Doan kicks Mantracker butt:
There is a whole category of television shows that I can't help watching at least 10 minutes of whenever I come across them. I never make a point of finidng out when they're on and only catch them when I flip channels, but when I do come accross them they always suck me in a little bit. Motorcycle racing is one example. I always have a few minutes for motorcycle racing, as it seems just ridiculously dangerous. Have you ever seen those plane races, where they fly through obstacle courses in the sky? That's always good for five minutes. And another one is Mantracker, where this cowboy hunts down people in the wilderness on horseback. His winning percentage is better than Roy Halladay's, but he met his match in Shane Doan, the Winnipeg Coyotes cowboy: Shane Doan can add something else to his resume. The Phoenix Coyotes captain beat the "Mantracker."
Doan, 34, and his 23-year-old brother Brook survived a manhunt on "Mantracker" television show.
On the episode that aired Sunday night, the start of Season 6 of the OLN show, the Doans had to elude "Mantracker" Terry Grant and local hunting guide Russ Floyd in B.C.'s southern Chilcotin Mountains.
Equipped with a compass and a map, the brothers had to get to the finish point some 37 kilometres away without being caught.
Using the mountainous terrain to their advantage of their pursuers on horseback, the Doans eventually did so. Although there were several close calls.
"It will be something I never ever forget," said Shane. "For the rest of our lives, we'll have that and that's special."
"It was my Stanley Cup," added Brook, an electrician from Halkirk, Alta
This is why Doan won, I think: The man they call Doaner was supposed to be a cowboy.
He grew up in Halkirk, a hamlet in east-central Alberta that has about 100 residents, an oiled-down main street to go with the gravel roads, no gas station and little to do but ride horses and run around in the outdoors.
Doan grew up on a ranch and helped his parents run a Christian camp for kids, so he was immersed in the cowboy life for as long as he can remember.
He also has the ridin'-and-ropin' lineage: five relatives are members of the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame, including his grandfather, Muff Doan.
And that name, Shane Doan, sounds like he should be chasing bad guys with John Wayne.
It just never fit.
Oh, he can ride and rope and all that, just not like he can skate and rip slapshots and smash bodies to the boards.
He even has a standard line about his choice of professions.
"What's my joke about rodeo?" he asks his wife, Andrea, while giving her a nudge and a knowing grin. "I'm not tough enough, right?"