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Doan chooses…Phoenix!

Sep 14, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

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Coyotes captain Shane Doan is still Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

According to John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix, the 35-year-old has signed a new deal worth $21.2 million over four years.

Doan’s decision to stay put is a good sign for Coyotes fans, as it suggests he believes the team will remain in the desert long-term.

“I’m extremely excited about remaining a Coyote,” said Doan in a statement. “I was drafted by this organization and it means a great deal to me to be able to play with the same franchise my entire career. I’m very excited about our team, our coaching staff and our management and am confident about our future in Arizona. I chose to stay with the Coyotes because I am committed to winning here, not anywhere else and I love living and playing in the Valley. This is my home and this is my team.”

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the deal includes a $2 million bonus that will be deferred until the contract expires, with $1 million due in 2016-17 and $1 million in 2017-18.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the NHL-owned club didn’t give Doan a big upfront bonus — not with a lockout looming and the owners attempting to eliminate those kinds of bonuses. (Note: it’s not known if Doan asked for an upfront bonus.)

Friday morning, it was reported that Doan’s choice was down to the Coyotes and Canucks.

Hours later, Vancouver announced it had locked up winger Alex Burrows to a four-year contract extension.

Whether the Burrows deal signaled the end of the Canucks’ pursuit of Doan isn’t clear. Both players are top-six wingers and many wondered if Vancouver could afford to keep Burrows if it signed Doan.

  1. hockinj25 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Not that much of a surprise. I think everyone felt like this is where he wanted to be.

  2. velocirapist - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Cool story bro.

    I am definitely glad you guys spent two months covering an aging, overrated power forward resign with his old team and it will surely encourage me to read more of your content in the future.

    You guys are just lucky Florio’s so awful.

    • Jason Brough - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Thanks for reading!

  3. tronn25 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Doan is a class-less ass clown. He showed his true colors last playoffs. Vancouver fans should be thankful he chose to continue plaguing phx.

    • bcsteele - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      I don’t call out hardly anyone but seriously? I know this coverage has been rediculous but Doan is great hockey player all the way around.

    • miketoasty - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Picking to stay with a team that could possibly be moved out of where he is currently living with his family and has been for a large chunk of years, over a perennial Stanley cup contender shows that Doan is faithful. This man is all class, unlike you.

      • ron05342 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:11 PM


        I don’t know if being faithful is in his best interest at this point. It is still unknown if the Coyotes will remain in Phoenix past this upcoming season.

        Doan is rolling the dice by staying there. He could very well be playing those last three years in a Canadian city, the very thing he feared over the past two and one-half months.

        I am not sure I understand the move, but he did get more money in Phoenix (or Quebec) then he would have elsewhere.

        So there is that.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Calling Doan “class-less” is a bit of a stretch. He is a very aggressive, highly skilled player, one that most GM’s (proven over the course of this summer from all of the offers) want on their team.

      I think you are in the wrong and would make a great GM on NHL13, go get a copy if you don’t already, it’s a fun game :)

  4. bcsteele - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Finally, we can close the door on this topic. Good luck Doan, always been one of the class acts of the sport! Just a little tired of hearing about where you might wind up…

    …now we just need a new CBA.

  5. orangeandblack67 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    I think a little less of Shane Doan now. He waited and baited all off season and now that Vancouver went with Burrows ( I think the better choice for the long run) he chose to go with a definite contract prior to a new CBA. For those who say it shows how much he wanted to stay with the coyotes I think it shows the total opposite. Other teams were just tired of playing the waiting game. Also in other news Jammison is no closer to a deal in Glenndale then he was 4 months ago…

    • scottybcboy - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      You are just plain wrong. Doan said he wanted a PHO contract but let other teams know that he had a deadline. Van reupped with #14, aka ‘The Biter”, when Doan made them aware of his intentions…..Canucks did not get tired of waiting, rather they made a decision once he had made a decision.

  6. chrisvegas - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    What a joke. He never really considered anyone else.

  7. loinstache - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Him and the entire Phoenix organization is such a cocktease with no real finish.

  8. sjsharks66 - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    It only took 3 months, but he finally signed. Lol

  9. rushledger - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Awesome news everyone knew Doan didn’t want to leave. What he did was mainly for leverage not for himself but for the entire organization to speed up the purchase, thats the way I see and i respect it big time.

  10. barroomhero80 - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Doan is a douche

  11. nyrangersfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    I think Doan played this waiting game for his own ego and self assurance. He changed the “deadline” date like 3 times. Probably because after the first time he wasn’t satisfied with what he was offered. No team actually offered him the 4 yrs. 30 mill he was asking for. After all the sh*t he was spewing after losing to the Kings, I just really don’t like him as a person. However, I can’t deny, I do think he’s a good hockey player.

    • millertime30 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      and i think you’re butt-hurt that he didn’t pick the rangers.. he pushed back the deadline because he wanted to give the ‘Yotes as much time as possible.. any person w/ the slightest amount of intelligence can see this.

      and as a Sabres fan, i can shamefully tell you that a team did indeed offer him 4yrsx30mil.. our owner is essentially a drunken sailor

    • ron05342 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      To Doan’s credit, he did apologize profusely to Colin Campbell after his ill-advised statements to the press after WCF game 5.

      Yandle, on the other hand, was the real goof, who gave a half-hearted apology after his laughable comments that he referees and linesman were part of the same team because they wore the same colors. What a moron. 😀

  12. sharksfanatic - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Real surprise here.

  13. jimw81 - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    A league owned team should be ashamed at themselves for overpaying for a 40yr old player.

  14. snipedanglecelly13 - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    He carried this deal out too long, never did really consider other teams.

  15. ricepilof - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Family comes first for this hockey player. Kids in school, he wants to see them every night possible. I give him props for resigning and waiting it out to see if sale of team fell through or not. Players like him are rare in every pro sport’s league. Congrats Doaner!

  16. vanindeed - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Burrows had to be signed regardless of what team Doan chose. He’s the Canuck that shows up night in night out.

  17. phillyphanatic76 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I’m just glad that he didn’t end up in Pittsburgh or New York. Nice to see a player stay with one organization his entire career since it so rarely happens anymore. Although he could always request a trade to a contender if the Yotes fall short of their recent production. Is there a NMC in the deal?

  18. xxakshunxx - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Nothing against Phoenix but would like to see them moved only because of Doan dragging his feet on this… Funny how the players only think about themselves but act like the owners are the only greedy ones holding the new contract talks back..

  19. redwingsfan999 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Hope within the next 4 years he can win a cup

  20. blomfeld - Sep 15, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Flotsam: the floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo

    The Canucks did well by signing the “finger cannibal” over this defeated and disgraced “aged” captain … for if memory serves me right, wasn’t Doan that “petulant” sore loser who thought it was cool to start mixing it up with our victorious LA Kings, while shaking hands after game 5 in the WCF ? … so God speed to you “Doaner” and do enjoy the rest of your hockey career, down there in the land of scorpions and 100 degree temperatures …

    • williplett - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:13 AM

      Blomfeld: I’m going to quote one of your favorites when I tell you that you take up WAY too much space to say WAY too little. The you tube thing has worn out it’s welcome. Elvis said it best: A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION!

  21. Doesnotmatter - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Doan chooses Phoenix and gets a raise. Great. Ah, well, at least he SIGNED somewhere.

  22. mattmc20 - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM


  23. merchaholic - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    What a surprise.

  24. jaybird22seven - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    And yet another example of an owner paying out a bad contract !!! And this from a team that can’t pay their own bills !!! The NHL might be all but a dead league.

  25. dlk75150 - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Good for you Shane Doan! Nice to see team loyalty which almost never happens.

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