Coyotes won't offer captain Shane Doan a contract

The Arizona Coyotes announced Monday they would not offer longtime captain Shane Doan a new contract ending his 21-year run with the franchise

The Arizona Coyotes announced Monday they would not offer longtime captain Shane Doan a new contract ending his 21-year run with the 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.

After serious consideration, we have chose 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", Coyotes chairman Andrew Barroway said in a release. It's rare to see a player last an entire career with one franchise in today's era of sports, but Doan has done so to this point.

The Coyotes traded 33-year-old Mike Smith, their No. 1 goalie the past five seasons, to Calgary on Saturday and left Doan unprotected in the National Hockey League expansion draft on Sunday.

This past season, Doan had just six goals in 74 games for the Coyotes. Ekman-Larsson would be the fourth team captain since the Winnipeg Jets moved to Arizona after Doan, Teppo Numminen, and Keith Tkachuk. Doan became an icon in the state for his professionalism and connection with the community. The bruising forward was known as one of the NHL's best captains, a leader in the locker room and the ice who earned respect across the league.

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

He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He will be a member of our Pack forever. Reports as of late have stated that Doan is leaning towards playing another season.

If Doan does retire, however, he could find himself remaining with the Coyotes franchise in a front office role as LeBrun mentions - even if that retirement doesn't necessarily come this year.

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