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Doan says he doesn’t regret sticking with Coyotes

May 10, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

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Shane Doan tested the free agent last summer but eventually decided to stick with the Phoenix Coyotes. Some might think that he might regret that decision after a tough season that ended a streak of playoff berths, but he told the Arizona Republic that’s not the case.*

“Not at all,” Doan said. “Not at all. Not once have I ever thought that. The group of guys in here is the reason why. Obviously I’m a huge fan of the city, the Valley. The organization has been great to me. But the group of guys that are in this room, that’s why you choose to stay and you stay.”

Head coach Dave Tippett doesn’t think many players would go in the same direction as the Coyotes’ 36-year-old captain.

“The unique situation with Shane, there’s not many players in sports right now that would take that leap of faith right now,” Tippett said. “That was a very unique situation. But you have lots of other players on our team that in a normal situation on a normal team that’s owned, they would probably be signed.”

With that in mind, it might be true that Doan isn’t your normal player.

* – Cynics might say that a four-year deal worth $21.2 million didn’t hurt that cause, either.

  1. sampulls - May 10, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Doan is one of the biggest crybabies in the game today.

  2. pistolpete31 - May 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Looks like he got swift hit in the balls and kind of liked it in this pic

  3. canucks30 - May 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Please don’t start the daily Doan updates again

  4. prd797 - May 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I can think of 21.2 MILLION REA$ON$ why he doesn’t regret it.

  5. drone501 - May 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    can’t believe the pens considered signing him. wasted money.

    • frankiesweep - May 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Since they have no goaltender, the $ obviously needs to be spent on goaltending.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - May 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Cynics or realists? He wasn’t getting more then that anywhere else at that term. Maybe a better dollar amount per year on a 2 year but not more overall

    • frankiesweep - May 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      You must not remember the 4 year $30m he was offered from Buffalo..

  7. frankiesweep - May 11, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Since he turned down 4yrs $30m from Buffalo, I’d say he took a pretty big haircut.

    That being said, since he’s not an nba or nfl player he will save his money and not end up broke w/ the $21m.

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