Shane Doan Will Reportedly Remain with Phoenix Coyotes
McLellan tweeted on Friday:
Shane Doan has decided to remain with the #Coyotes.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) September 14, 2012
The Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres were among the teams rumored to be in the running for the 35-year-old's services before Friday. The right wing has played for the Phoenix Coyotes for 16 years since being selected No. 7 overall in the 1995 NHL draft.
He's not only been incredibly productive, but he's been durable, playing in 63 games or more in 15 of his 16 seasons in Phoenix.
Last season, Doan racked up 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists), as the Coyotes made it all the way to the Western Conference finals before the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings knocked them out in five games.
Doan registered nine points in 16 playoff games (five goals, four assists) while averaging about 21 minutes on the ice. That was concurrent with his recent history in the postseason. He's not only a solid regular-season pro, but he gets the job done in the playoffs.
The Alberta native re-signing with the Coyotes this offseason largely hinged on potential buyer Greg Jamison completing a deal with the City of Glendale. Glendale wanted to revisit a lease agreement previously agreed upon, per USA Today.
Despite a lengthy wait for a contract this offseason, Doan continued to act the part as captain of the Coyotes, welcoming new players Steve Sullivan and David Moss, mentoring the younger players and even taking some of his teammates out to lunch.
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