On Monday afternoon, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun broke the surprising news that the Arizona Coyotes have decided to part ways with longtime captain Shane Doan. Shortly thereafter, Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway issued a statement on the matter:
“After serious consideration, we have decided to not offer Shane Doan a contract for the upcoming season. The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future. This was a very difficult decision given what Shane has done for the Coyotes and his unparalleled importance to the organization. With that said, this is necessary to move us forward as a franchise. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank Shane for everything he’s done for the Coyotes on and off the ice the past 21 years. Shane is a Valley icon who had an incredible career and was one of the best captains to ever play in the NHL.”
Doan, who will turn 41 in October, has been with the franchise since the team drafted him in 1995 when they were the Winnipeg Jets. He was the franchise’s final first-round pick to play in the NHL prior to the team’s move to Phoenix in 1996. In 74 games last season, Doan scored six goals and collected 21 assists. It marked the first time in the last 17 seasons that Doan failed to score at least 10 goals.
LeBrun notes that Doan is expected to generate some interest on the free agent market. Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, says the veteran is interested in joining another club and getting a shot at winning the Stanley Cup for the first time.
Shane Doan's agent Terry Bross: "Shane is ready to enter the free-agent market & see where it goes. Time for him to get a shot at the Cup."
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The Coyotes finished 30-42-10 last season and failed to qualify for the postseason for the fifth consecutive year.