NHL Free Agency: What Shane Doan's Deal with the Coyotes Means

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NHL Free Agency: What Shane Doan's Deal with the Coyotes Means
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Forward Shane Doan wants to stay with the Coyotes.

It's not a big surprise to learn that Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan has a deal in place to remain in the desert.

However, it would still be a bit of a shocker if Doan is wearing Coyotes' colors when (and if) the season begins shortly.

Doan has been with the Coyotes since the team moved to Phoenix prior to the 1996-97 season. He actually played with the old Winnipeg Jets in the 1995-96 season. He is clearly loyal to the organization.

He appeared on XTRA910 radio Wednesday, and Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reported that Doan has a deal in place with the Coyotes to stay with the Coyotes, but it won't go through until Greg Jamison's ownership becomes official.

Doan told radio hosts Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki that he has been told that Jamison has been approved by the NHL and that he has the money in place to take over the team. However, the lease agreement between the city of Glendale and the organization has to be finalized and there are some details that are still being worked out.

"It's just a matter of getting the lease agreement done now," Doan told XTRA910. "Obviously that was done earlier. Now there are some things they decided they wanted to change, which obviously can delay things."

"Delay" is a bad word for the Coyotes as far as Doan is concerned. While many of his "deadlines" have come and gone this summer, he said emphatically that he will sign a contract by Sept. 15. If the Coyotes situation is not straightened out by then, that means he will sign with a team other than Phoenix.

Doan told XTRA910 that he is considering no more than four teams if his agreement with the Coyotes proves unworkable.

Doan has been associated with five other potential employers if the Phoenix deal does not work out, according to NHL.com.

The two Western Conference teams include the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks.

In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins have all shown an interest. So have the Montreal Canadiens, but after finishing 15th last season in the conference, it doesn't seem likely that Doan would play in Montreal.

Since Doan has played his entire career in the Western Conference, it would seem the Kings and Canucks would have an edge. The Kings proved they could win without him, but his size, strength and ability around the net would certainly help them, while the Canucks could use a big forward to help out with their power game.

Moving to the Eastern Conference would be more of an adjustment for Doan. That doesn't make it an impossible move, but it seems more likely Doan will remain in the west.

Doan has made it known he wants to stay in Phoenix, but he needs Jamison's ownership bid and the team's lease agreement with Glendale to be finalized by Sept. 15 for that to happen.

One more delay and it won't take place.

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