WITH COYOTES SITUATION IN THE AIR, DOAN COULD BE MOVING ON
The thought has at least crossed Shane Doan’s mind.
With the Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership situation still in limbo and unrestricted free agency staring him in the face, the veteran forward could be playing out his final season in the desert.
“Obviously, I’d be pretty naive to not think that way,” Doan said in a recent interview. “At the same time, everything is kind of focused on waiting to see how our team’s doing and what we’re doing and what’s going on with the ownership and different things. (I’ll) make a decision then I guess.
“But yeah, I’d be stupid not to be looking at (my options) and thinking about everything else.”
It’s the last place the 35-year-old wants to find himself in the twilight of his career.
Doan has been a member of the franchise since Day 1, having made the move from Winnipeg in 1996, and has laid down strong roots in the area. But he’s been unable to negotiate a contract extension with general manager Don Maloney because of the team’s uncertain ownership situation.
The two have met regularly and maintained an open dialogue but are essentially in a holding pattern. Doan is scheduled to become a free agent July 1.