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Doan’s “goal” is to stay in Phoenix, but that might not happen

Aug 4, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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If you had any doubt that the Phoenix Coyotes are still unrestricted free agent Shane Doan‘s number one choice, he put them to rest in an interview with TSN on Saturday.

“Right now I’m doing everything I can to stay there and that’s kind of my goal,” Doan said, according to the NHL.com. “At the same time, I’m having to do some due diligence, now in the fact that the longer it takes the more likely and the harder it seems to be to get a deal done in Phoenix.”

The sticking point seems to be the uncertainty surrounding the Coyotes’ ownership situation. Greg Jamison might buy the team, but nothing is set in stone yet.

In the mean time, there are plenty of other teams interested in Doan’s services.

“It’s one of those things. that I understand the fluidity of the market and the way that the market moves, but like I said I’m going to try to give Phoenix every chance I can,” Doan said. “For me it’s going to be about my family and the right situation for us and the right situation for me as a player to have a chance to win and enjoy the game. And I think that’s a big part of it is being in the right spot and enjoying it. There’s obviously a few teams that fit that.”

Doan doesn’t put up superstar numbers, but he’d provide any team with a top-six forward that isn’t afraid to throw his body around. He would also serve as a valuable veteran presence after serving as the captain of the Phoenix Coyotes since 2003.

  1. sjsharks66 - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Zzzzz

  2. norvturnersneck - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Come to Butthead…er LA.

  3. sprtsfan1 - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Dude! Don’t be the next Steve Nash! You have to win a Championship. Nobody will question your loyalty at this point.

  4. CitizenErwin - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Yawn, wake me up with something that is newsworthy on this situation. Otherwise it’s the same ol song and dance. YAWN back to bed.

  5. cheers4ablumpkin - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Caps should sign him.

  6. broadstbully33 - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    For the price tag, age, contract length, and being over 35, stay in phoenix or cripple the pens salary for 4 years

    • desertfan - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      No one is going to do 4 X $7.5 except his agent.

      Try 2 X $ 4M

  7. sharksfan97 - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Enough already with this story.

  8. sergeikremlin - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I have to imagine that this rubs at least one or two interested parties the wrong way with Doan publicly stating over and over how he really just wants to return to Phoenix and, reading through the lines, anywhere else is a fall back strategy and 2nd choice.

    Not sure I would be too keen on ponying up the rumoured term and millions of dollars for a guy who’s heart is in Phoenix and is nearing retirement.

  9. chubbedjox - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Listen, its obvious that if this geriatric wants to hoist stanley that he the will give The Franchise a deal and sign for the league minimum…nobody wants to spoon feed him metamucil but he culd revive his touch by playing with Soup Can.

  10. bhawksrule - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    PHT – Stop writing Doan articles daily and he might actually sign somewhere.

  11. saki1921 - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    And everyone thought the Parise/Suter signing took too long!!

  12. ocramfan22 - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    We can manage to find a spot for an older player desperate to hoist the cup. Head to LA… The cup is waiting!

  13. freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    At this point in time it’s 100% clear Phoenix will NOT move for next season. I mean: how could they do that logistically?
    So sign already with your preferred franchise. Or are they simply not offering the 4×7,5 your agent is dreaming of?

    • kitshky - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      He’s looking at what is more than likely his last contract, this is not time to risk 2012/2013 dollars based on next years performance (or injury) … he wants, and deserves, to get a final solid contract that works for his professional goals as well as what works best for his family.

      Considering there’s still question marks on whether or not the potential owners even have enough captial for working expenses … there is zero stability in Phoenix for a player in Doans position.

  14. bigpappi - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I wish all the teams interested would get together and tell him you have until this date decide or there will be no offer. He is holding teams hostage, not worth what he is asking and the story is stale and old now. Stay with Phoenix, who cares good luck in winning there.

  15. ricepilof - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Doaner: just sign a one year deal for 5-7 mil with the Coyotes and worry about a 2-3yr deal next offseason. Then this matter will be closed and ur kids get to stay at their current schools.

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