Prized UFA Shane Doan has been very quiet all summer long but he broke his silence late on Thursday when he confirmed that he would re-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, pending the sale of the club to prospective owner Greg Jamison.
AZ Central.com had the scoop on the news and it was later verified through a collaboration of tweets.
Listen here for Doan's comments on the podcast.
But Doan gave his most candid interview yet on Thursday when he joined Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on XTRA 910.
The telling points:
- Doan says a deal between him and the Coyotes is done. All that he's waiting on to put pen to paper is Greg Jamison acquiring the team.
- Doan confirms what's been speculated for awhile now, that Jamison has secured the money to purchase the Coyotes and the money is waiting in escrow.
- The list of teams Doan would consider joining if a deal with the Coyotes can't be worked out is down to two or three clubs.
The news of this story was later confirmed from tweets by David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period and Josh Rimer of Josh Rimmer Hockey.
As I reported yesterday Shane Doan has chosen to say with the Phoenix Coyotes!!— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) September 7, 2012
Doan's agent, Terry Bross, tells me a deal is not yet signed. But Doan told a PHX radio station he's agreed to a deal; will sign once...— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) September 7, 2012
...Greg Jamison signs papers to officially buy the Coyotes. If by some very slim chance sale doesn't happen, he has list of 2-3 options.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) September 7, 2012
Doan expects to formally sign a contract with the Coyotes within the next week.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) September 7, 2012
The one interesting caveat of this story is that if for some reason Greg Jamison can not complete the sale, Doan has a backup list of teams he will sign with.
If the sale does go through as planned, it will be interesting to see how much the 35-year-old winger signs for and if he decided to give Phoenix a hometown discount. The report had stated that Doan could earn upwards of $7.5 million a season.
What This Means for Other Free Agents
This is big news because a lot of teams have been in a holding pattern while Doan remained un-signed. With Doan slated to sign a contract next week, it is safe to say that the secondary market will pick up significantly.
Forwards like Jason Arnott, Andrew Brunette, Andrei Kostitsyn, Daymond Langkow, Brian Rolston, Sergei Samsonov, Petr Sykora and assorted others all remain un-signed but with Doan off the market, teams may show interest in them because they can make an impact during the 2012-13 season.
Although there is a lockout pending, it is safe to say that teams wanted to see where Doan landed and how much he ended up signing for so they could gauge the market for remaining free agents.
Happy Ending for Doan and Coyotes
At the end of the day, it is good news for the Coyotes that they will be able to keep Doan who has remained with the franchise since their days in Winnipeg. In this day and age where trades and free agency send players all over the conference and league, it is good to see that a player like Doan has the opportunity to spend his entire career with one team.
This news is in its earliest stages so check back with the Bleacher Report NHL page when more information becomes available.