The face of the Phoenix Coyotes and current free agent who’s played his entire career here in the Valley is waiting just like the rest of us.
The 35-year old forward said recently he won’t move forward on a new deal with the Coyotes or another team until July 9 when he feels he will have a better idea if suitor Greg Jamison and his group of investors will be able to purchase the team and keep it in Arizona long-term.
With that being said, Captain Coyote isn’t keeping anyone guessing where he hopes to continue his career which will come as bad news to numerous organizations who are eyeing the 2012 Mark Messier Leadership Award Winner.
“We’ve had double-digit teams call and express interest in Shane,” Doan’s agent Terry Bross told Brad Cesmat Monday on ‘Big Guy on Sports.’ “The first thing I’d like to make clear to the fans is Shane is not exploring the free-agent market. His only desire right now is to remain a Coyote.”
The uncertainty of Doan’s future comes on the heels of the ‘Yotes losing his high-scoring line mate Ray Whitney who agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
He’s not only the face of the franchise, but widely regarded as one of the more stand-up, honest players in the NHL, Doan appears torn between what he wants do and what makes the most sense for he and his family on and off the ice.
“Shane’s passion and desire is to remain a Coyote,” Bross explained to Cesmat. “He’s really tormented right now if the team doesn’t remain here…having to go somewhere else because this is home and these are the people who have supported him for so many years.”
Doan, a first-round pick of the franchise is 1995, netted 22 goals with 28 assists for the Desert Dogs last season.