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One NHL GM is “90 percent sure” Doan will re-sign with the Coyotes

Jul 17, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

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One NHL GM tells ESPN’s Craig Custance that he’s “90 percent sure” Phoenix captain Shane Doan will remain with the Coyotes.

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Phoenix is the only franchise Doan has ever played for. He is the captain of a team he helps overachieve every single season despite all the uncertainties in ownership. Outside of hockey, he’s invested in the area with a stake in Ice Barns, a stable that allows people to share ownership of horses, like a timeshare.

Doan’s NetJets-for-horses business aside, the 35-year-old winger has never been shy about saying he wants to stay put. The only reason he’s considered leaving is the Coyotes’ tenuous ownership situation. However, it’s looking more and more like they’ll be staying in Glendale.

Oh, and an NHL GM also tells Custance that Alex Semin hasn’t been signed because the 28-year-old Russian “wants too much money.”

While that may indeed be the biggest factor, it may also be Semin is Plan B after Doan for teams in search of a scoring forward.

Related: Pittsburgh reportedly makes offer to Doan

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Not a bad guess, since there is a 90% chance the coyotes won’t be leaving because Harry buttmen has no idea what he is doing and is almost forcing them to keep a team.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    To be honest, I feel there is a better chance of a lockout than Doan signing with a new team.

  3. katolungile - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Love the Doaner! Want him here in the desert….

    Class act all the way.

    Not your typical NBA bum who’s chasing dollars and night clubs.

  4. katolungile - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Why is there no police blotter on like there is on the page?

    • sfischer1967 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      you had to go there, didn’t you? :)

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Because nobody wants to see 1,874,357 days without an arrest?

  5. florida76 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    It’s a little misleading to suggest Doan is motivated to remain a Coyote because “Phoenix is the only franchise he’s played for”. Doan’s career began in Winnipeg, but it’s obvious he likes the Phoenix area, which is the most important factor. Had the original Jets relocated to Kansas City, and Doan didn’t like KC, he would have cared less about staying with the original franchise.

    Sports franchises aren’t like McDonald franchises which are virtually identical across the country. Once a team relocates, everything changes, including the opportunity to make history in the new city. The vast majority of Coyote fans aren’t educated about the original Jets, nor should they be expected to have that knowledge, since that history was made and shared with Winnipeg, not Phoenix.

    • wethog66 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Doan was the last 1st round pick of the old Jets, and he played 1 year in the ‘peg. So its not misleading to say Doan has only known the Coyote franchise. Maybe franchise was the wrong term to use, but its clear, if the rumor is true that Doan will resign in the desert, that he remains loyal to the only NHL he has ever known. And in this day and age of professional sports players being loyal to the team that drafted/developed them doesn’t happen to often. Its very refreshing.

  6. wjudson461 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Although it appears Shane Doan is happy in Phoenix and will probably re-sign, I would love to have him in Ranger Blue.

  7. leninthebuff - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    If some team did offer him a 4 yr/30 mil contract and he still signs back with Phoenix for a lot less then I can see why all these teams are after him because he is a stand up guy…not much of that in sports nowadays on both sides it’s all greed. If he decides to leave he is more then welcomed in sunny Buffalo.

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