Free agent forward, Shane Doan, has set yet another deadline for when he’ll make a decision about where he’ll be bringing his talents for the next few seasons. Doan and his agent fully expect the 35 year old (he’ll be 36 in October) to have a new contract and be signed by no later than September 15th, that of course is when the current CBA expires and players will be locked out. During a lockout players aren’t paid their salaries however signing bonuses are paid out, so you can see why it would be wise for Doan to have a new (front loaded) contract with a nice signing bonus attached to it before any potential lockout.
Doan’s road to possibly resigning with the Phoenix Coyotes or potentially signing with a new team has been a long one. It’s been full of proclamations of deadlines set for when he’ll sign, meetings with general managers of other teams and waiting to see if the Coyotes could bring in new investors to buy and financially stabilize the team. A financially stable Coyotes organization would most likely keep Doan in the desert.
Last year as the team captain of the Coyotes, Doan scored 22 goals to go along with 28 assists while playing in 79 games. It was somewhat of a down year for Doan after accumulating 60 points in just 72 games the prior season, but he showed that even at his age (lets be honest he isn’t exactly a spring chicken) that he is still in great shape, he can still be counted on for valuable points and he is a a leader of men both off and on the ice.
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