Shane Doan stays in Phoenix
Shane Doan has said repeatedly that he would like to remain with the Phoenix Coyotes and on Friday, he got his wish.
USA Today reports that Doan signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract with the Coyotes which also includes a $2 million signing bonus.
While Doan wanted to remain in Phoenix, he wanted the team’s ownership issues to be settled before making a commitment. As of Friday, ESPN reports that the deal is not yet complete, though the man buying the team, Greg Jamison, hopes it will be done soon. Obviously, Doan felt so like things were settled enough and signed.
Doan, who has been captain of the Coyotes since 2003-04, has spent his entire 16-year career with the franchise. Since coming into the league, Doan has totaled 318 goals and 470 assists in 1,198 games, according to NHL.com.
Last season, Doan and the Coyotes reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history, eventually losing to the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
Doan says he is thrilled to remain in Phoenix, saying he is excited about the team, coaches and new ownership. He also said that he was committed to Phoenix and didn’t want to play anywhere else.
“This is my home and this is my team,” he told the Phoenix Coyotes’ official site.