June 22nd, 2017

Coyotes moving on from long-time captain Shane Doan


By The Canadian Press on June 19, 2017.

Arizona Coyotes right wing Shane Doan acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony honouring Doan for his 400th NHL goal and his 1500th NHL game played prior to an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz., Jan. 7, 2017. The Coyotes will not offer forward Doan a contract for the upcoming season, leaving the longtime captain to decide whether to retire or join another team. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Ross D. Franklin

The Arizona Coyotes are moving on from Shane Doan, their long-time captain and franchise face.

In a statement from team owner Andrew Barroway on Monday afternoon, the Coyotes said they would not offer Doan a contract for next 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,” the statement read. “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.”

Doan, who turns 41 in October, had only six goals and 27 points last season – his least productive campaign in almost two decades.

The Coyotes signed him for only one year last summer, shortly after John Chayka joined the club as general manager.

Doan was drafted seventh overall by the then-Winnipeg Jets in 1995. The Alberta native joined the club at 19 and played every one of his 21 NHL seasons with the franchise – which moved to Phoenix in 1996.

Doan, who ranks as the Coyotes all-time leader in goals (402), assists (570) and points (972), replaced Teppo Numminen as team captain in 2003.

Doan will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


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