Shane Doan: 3 Reasons the Free Agent Will Regret Not Signing with N.Y. Rangers

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Shane Doan: 3 Reasons the Free Agent Will Regret Not Signing with N.Y. Rangers
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Back on September 14, the summer-long saga of where free agent Shane Doan would sign finally concluded with the announcement of his four-year, $21.2 million contract to stay with the Phoenix Coyotes. The end result of Doan's hesitancy to sign anywhere else was a waiting game for Greg Jamison to finalize his deal to purchase the franchise.

It appears Doan chose loyalty and commitment to his family over the ridiculous money reportedly thrown his direction, which should be commended. Other athletes have chosen the latter countless times, only to see their careers wither away in obscurity, all while collecting a hefty-sized paycheck.

Playing devil's advocate, did Doan make the right decision staying in Phoenix? I say no, when you consider the teams in the running for his services.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers were all rumored to want Doan and, arguably, all have better chances at winning a Cup next season, with or without Doan on the team.

Specifically for the Rangers, Doan could've joined a team on the rise, with a good mixture of youth and veterans, on their quest for glory while playing a supplementary role—not the lone wolf persona he's been playing his entire career in Phoenix.

Here are three reasons why Shane Doan made a mistake in not signing with New York.

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