Coyotes Sign Shane Doan for One More Season

shane doanShane Doan has signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes, which may or may not be the last year for the 39-year-old forward. The team announced the deal on Tuesday.

“I’m happy to sign for another year,” Doan said. “I’m very excited about the players we added this summer and all of the talent we have on our roster. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Doan put up 47 points last season, including a team-leading 28 goals. While he considered retirement, his numbers paved the way for another season. The 2016-2017 season will be his 21st with the Coyotes franchise, where he’s served as team captain since the 2003-2004 season.

Doan will become just the ninth player in NHL history to play at least 21 seasons with the same team.

He was selected seventh overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. He debuted for the Jets in the 1995-1996 season, when he put up 17 points in 74 games. The team subsequently moved to Phoenix and Doan began to pick up the pace. He enjoyed his best season in 2007-2008, when he posted 78 points in 80 games – including 28 goals and 50 assists.

“We are thrilled to have Shane back for another year,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said. “No one has done more for this franchise than Shane. He’s one of the best captains in the NHL and we are lucky to have him.”

There wasn’t really any doubt about a deal getting done, even as Doan entered free agency on July 1. The Halkirk native has backed the new direction of the Coyotes franchise and of GM Chayka, who became the youngest GM in league history when he was hired back in May.

And with Arizona on the rise through the standings, with a 22-point improvement in the standings last season, Doan has every reason to be optimistic for another year.

“I get asked often about the loyalty I feel towards this organization,” said Doan. “…on a basic level, my biggest reason for wanting to stick around all these years is simple: the organization drafted me to win a Stanley Cup, and I still plan to deliver on my end of the bargain.”

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