Shane Doan stated Thursday that he has a deal in place with the Phoenix Coyotes, but is waiting for Greg Jamison to officially purchase the team. Doan revealed this and more in an interview with Bickley and MJ on XTRA 910, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com.
Doan confirmed that Jamison has secured the money (reportedly $170 million) to purchase the team from the NHL. Doan remains optimistic that the sale of the team will go through soon (via AZCentral.com).
The completion of the sale of the Coyotes and the re-signing of Doan would end months of speculation regarding the future of both the team and its captain.
The NHL has owned and operated the Coyotes since 2009, and first began talking to Jamison a year ago. While Doan, a free agent since July 1, has fielded offers from numerous teams.
If, for whatever reason, the sale of the team falls through or isn’t completed by Sept. 15, Doan will sign a contract with one of the two or three teams left on his list of possible destinations.
Doan was drafted seventh overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets and made the move with the team to Phoenix following the 1995-96 season. At age 35, Doan has appeared in 1,198 NHL games, all with the Jets/Coyotes franchise. He has scored 318 goals and 470 assists for 788 points.
The captain of the Coyotes since 2003, Doan continues to be a fan-favourite in the desert.
Let’s hope that’s where he stays.