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Phoenix columnist to Shane Doan: “Run, before it’s too late”

Jul 11, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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Bit of a curious column in today’s Arizona Republic. Under the headline “Note to Shane Doan: Run, before it’s too late,” Dan Bickley compares the Coyotes’ captain’s situation to that of Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns star that just blew town to join the hated Los Angeles Lakers.

…it’s hard to see past the sting, that Nash could actually side with a nemesis. He’ll make the Lakers one of the more exciting teams in the league. He’ll empower all the taunting, front-running Lakers fans in the Valley, the ones who live to annoy the rest of us.

To follow Nash’s stunning departure with the loss of you — one of the last true cowboys, one of the last truly loyal people in sports — well, that would be salt in the wound, a casualty of one of the sorrier sagas in NHL history.

But the situation in Glendale remains exhausting and absurd, from petition drives to legal wrangling to a watchdog organization whose concerns far exceed those of local residents. Anyone else would’ve lost patience with this organization years ago.

To be perfectly honest, we’re not entirely sure what Bickley was trying to get at. Was he actually encouraging Doan to leave for greener pastures? Or, was it more a commentary on the shortage of loyalty in professional sports? (Meanwhile, in Miami, Ray Allen has officially signed with the Heat despite the Celtics offering him more money to stay in Boston.)

At the very least, the column’s created quite the debate in the comments section, so feel free to discuss below. If Doan leaves, would it be the same as Nash or Allen leaving, or is each situation too different to compare?

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  1. rosselliott - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I think the best way to sum up this writer’s knowledge of hockey is to simply say he’s a football guy… He’s also not very well liked. He’s basically Phoenix’s version of Damien Cox.

    • cableguymike - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      God help us all.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      The Damien Cox reference painted the picture perfectly
      Gotcha

    • imleftcoast - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      I assumed he covered politics or business. Nash to the Lakers is one of the biggest jokes in sports right now.

    • serbvet1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      I could not agree more. Bickley never writes about hockey during the regular season. He writes about the Cardinals, DBacks and Suns. Sara Mclellan is the Republic writer who knows the Yotes (and Jude LaCava on local TV).

      Bickley is a tool.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Run Doan, Run!

    • ron05342 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      He’s going to the Kings, to complete the 1-2 PHX slam to the canvas by L.A.

  3. rekingcrew - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Run to Van

  4. govtminion - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    If George McPhee has a brain in his head, he’s looking at every possible way to get Doan in a Capitals jersey this fall. So naturally, it won’t happen.

  5. wisbadgers - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    He was stating the attitude of zero loyalty between athletes and the teams they play for. For those who live in Phx, he’s going to comment on the article today on his radio show this afternoon.

  6. proudliberal85392 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I read the column and shook my head. I guess I missed something, because Bickley is usually a Yotes supporter.

  7. drewsylvania - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Before it’s too late for *what*, exactly?

    • drewsylvania - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      Wait, you guys know what he’s talking about? Do tell.

      /idiots

  8. nfieldr - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    It could be worse for this columnist… he could be a Thrashers fan

  9. mojosmagic - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Desperate times in Detroit.

  10. manchestermiracle - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    The financial mess that is the Coyotes won’t be resolved any time soon. Doan has shown great patience and loyalty for that “organization.” Bickley’s advice is sound. What I don’t understand is Brough’s comment that he’s “…(n)ot entirely sure what Bickley was trying to get at.” Wasn’t the title of the article enough of an obvious clue for you, Brough? The longer Doan waits to sign with a real organization, the fewer options he’ll have. Duh.

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