Shane Doan is one of the few members of the NHL loyalty club. With money coming into play more than it ever has before, players are testing the free-agent market like it's nobody's business. However, like everything in life, there are always the exceptions to the rule.
In this case, Doan, along with others such as recent retiree Nicklas Lidstrom, are the exceptions. They have stayed true to their fans, ownership and teammates, never leaving the team that granted them the opportunity to play in the NHL by drafting them.
Doan is currently an unrestricted free agent, but his intentions are to remain in Phoenix, the organization that selected him seventh overall in the 1995 NHL draft. The only problem is that the ownership situation in Phoenix is unsettling and has yet to be resolved. Prospective owner Greg Jamison is still trying to acquire the funds necessary to take over the organization and keep them in Phoenix, but time is running out.
Doan's agent, Terry Bross, recently came out and stated that his client will sign with an NHL team by September 15th.
Shane is going to sign a contract before the CBA expires on the 15th. Ownership has to be done before the 15th, otherwise we’re signing somewhere because we don’t know what the new CBA is going to look like, and I don’t know if it’s going to limit any scope of a contract, so we want to make sure we sign before then.
With that in mind, let's take a look at Doan's top options and where I believe he will eventually sign.