The Shane Doan saga has been well documented. Since July 1, Doan has been an unrestricted free agent. He has set various deadlines for potential Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison, and he and his agent have fielded numerous offers from other NHL teams.
Still, Doan remains unsigned.
At his point, it’s safe to assume that Doan is willing to wait in hopes that the sale of the Coyotes to Jamison eventually goes through.
According to Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona, Phoenix GM Don Maloney continues to talk to Doan’s agent, Terry Bross. "Obviously, Shane wants to stay, and we need to work out a contract that works for both of us," said Maloney.
Doan has spent his entire career with the Jets/Coyotes franchise, and hockey fans in the desert would love to see him finish his career with the team.
However, they may have to wait a few more weeks or even months to see if Doan re-signs with the Coyotes. There have been no updates on the sale of the team as negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA continue to take center stage in the hockey world.
Like Doan, Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith will also be playing the waiting game when it comes to signing a contract with the club.
According to Sarah McLellan of azcentral.com, contract talks between the Coyotes and Smith have been put on hold as they wait for news on the sale of the team.
Smith is set to enter the final year of a two-year contract worth $4 million. However, he can expect a significant raise after his performance this past season and throughout the playoffs.
Smith started 67 games and finished with a record of 38-18-10. He recorded eight shutouts, a .930 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average.
Those numbers improved in the playoffs as he led the Coyotes all the way to the Western Conference finals. Smith finished with a 9-7 postseason record, recording three shutouts, a .944 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.99.
If the Coyotes want to have any shot at building on last year’s success, they must lock up both Doan and Smith.