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UFA spotlight — Shane Doan

Jun 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 27: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes warms up before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nashville Predators during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Shane Doan (RW)

Age: 35

2011-12 cap hit: $4.55 million

The skinny:

If the Coyotes were guaranteed to be staying in Phoenix, Doan would’ve already re-signed with the franchise that drafted him back in 1995 when it was still in Winnipeg.

“I’ve been here for 16 years this August,” Doan said in May. “It’s been great to my family and I.

“I have a 13-year-old daughter that this is home to. She has never lived anywhere else. All her friends, their families are all here. This is home for us. We enjoy it. It’s something that we hope gets settled.”

However, with the Coyotes’ future still up in the air, Doan hasn’t been willing to commit to anything.

“They have been unbelievably open and honest and great with me and I can’t say enough about how good they’ve been,” he told Arizona Sports 620 last week. “And yet their hands are so tied with the whole stumbling block that keeps popping up with the team, and that is frustrating.”

It’s not clear how long Doan is willing to wait for the ownership situation to play out. At 35, he’ll want to sign for multiple years. But getting that sort of security may force him to look elsewhere, as we certainly won’t know by Sunday if the Coyotes will be staying or going.

Doan had 22 goals and 28 assists in 79 regular-season games last season, then added five goals in 16 playoff contests.

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  1. miketoasty - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I really liked this guy up until last years playoffs where he lost all composure. Putting that aside I hope he joins a team with great playoff potential and finally gets a Stanley Cup.

  2. barroomhero80 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    poor loser douchebag

    • miketoasty - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      I will admit, how the Coyotes reacted after losing was pretty pathetic, but give them a break. They lost out after making it further than 26 other teams and were disappointed in a “blown” call. I am not saying that this makes what they did ok, but at least they had a reason for doing what they did.

  3. bcisleman - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    He’d certainly help any team he went to. Even before Doug Weight’s retirement, many have encouraged Garth Snow to get a mentoring vet forward who could still play. Doan fits that criteria to a T.

    • govtminion - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      I couldn’t agree more, the Isles would be a great fit for him.

      …which means it won’t happen, because Islanders. :(

  4. grimlock410 - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    You have been loyal to the yotes you don’t owe them anything. Now is the time to go to DC. With Ribeiro and Doan and a full year of Holtby the Caps would have a good a chance as any.

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