It has been a full week since a press conference was called at Jobing.com Arena to announce the re-signing of Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan. A look back at some memorable notes and quotes from the event.
Doan signed a four-year deal worth $21.2 million to remain in Phoenix. “This has been a long and arduous process at times,” said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. “This was not an ordinary negotiation.” A July report from John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 620 stated that Doan had received a four-year $30 million contract offer from an Eastern Conference team. Despite the potential pay cut, Maloney said, “Believe me, this was not a blue plate special.”
Doan became a free agent on July 1, but waited over two months before making his final decision. “I dragged this thing out as long as I possibly could,” Doan said. “The process was tough, a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be.” Doan reportedly received contract offers from the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and several other NHL clubs. Doan chose to make the announcement one day before the NHL locked out its players after the league and NHL Players Association were unable to come to terms for a new collective bargaining agreement.
The primary reason Doan was not re-signed before he became an unrestricted free agent was ownership uncertainty with the team. The Coyotes are currently owned by the National Hockey League (NHL). Constant fear of relocation has been a reality for Coyotes players and fans for the last three years. Doan stated in an earlier interview, on a local radio station, that he wanted assurances that the sale of the Coyotes to prospective buyer Greg Jamison would be completed before he agreed to re-sign. Doan was asked at Friday’s press conference if there is a level of confidence that the sale would be completed and he said there was. “[Jamison] is still very bullish. He still believes he will get the team,” Doan added. Jamison and the City of Glendale have been in contact regarding possible renegotiations to a lease agreement that was passed by the city council in July. Without renegotiations, Acting City Manager Horatio Skeete would not recommend signing the lease.
The fact that Doan chose to stay with the only team he has ever known was not lost on Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett. “The loyalty and commitment he shows makes us a better organization. He helps us win.” The sentiment was echoed by Maloney who said that they view Doan as a partner who will help build a winner in Phoenix. Tippett said he was relieved that he could write Doan’s name in black instead of red symbolizing the certainty that Doan would be with the team.