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Goodbye Shane Doan

from Dan Bickley of azcentral sports,

Doan's playing career in Arizona was effectively terminated on Monday by the Coyotes when it was announced he would not be offered a contract. The organization couldn't wait for Doan to retire on his terms. The decision is callous, ungrateful and raises significant questions about the future of the franchise.

And in the end, it might be the best thing that ever happened to one of the most popular athletes in Arizona history.

Doan is 40 and has spent half his life in a Coyotes uniform. Over 20 seasons in the desert, his enduring commitment and great standing in the community helped the Coyotes survive a series of crises that could’ve severed the bond between a team and its paying customers.

He never left for greener pastures or lost belief in the future, and Coyotes fans took his cue. Out of love and respect, they remained true to the organization he dutifully represented.

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It was a major mistake to stay there prior to this.  I don’t feel bad for him, he should have seen this coming.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/20/17 at 09:16 AM ET

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I don’t feel bad for him. He wanted to stay in Arizona and got paid plenty of money to do so over the last several years. The reality is his career is coming to a close. He can probably hang on for a couple more years, maybe even be a decent contributor on another team but it’s not like he is a top 6 forward anymore.

What I don’t understand is why the organization chose now to make that announcement. I assume they at least said something to Doan in private well before now. But it was not harming them to let Doan take his time to decide if he wanted to continue playing elsewhere. That way he could have announced his retirement as a Coyote if he found no work or decided to retire.

Not all players get to retire on their own terms. See Chelios, for a decent example. To do that a player typically has to accept a diminished role when the team needs to focus on the future. That’s why you see a lot of players retire a couple seasons before they can’t compete. It’s a business, afterall.

Posted by evileye on 06/20/17 at 09:39 AM ET

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KH is tucking it in his waistband right now.  Probably broke his finger dialing Doan’s agent.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/20/17 at 10:19 AM ET

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KH is tucking it in his waistband right now.  Probably broke his finger dialing Doan’s agent.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/20/17 at 10:19 AM ET

He’s that one-last-veteran piece the Wings need to get back to being true contenders!  Plus, he’s great in the locker room.

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Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/20/17 at 03:41 PM ET

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Pretty shabby.

Maybe Doan had his own reasons for wanting to stay.

But he was also the one rock of stability the franchise could rely
on to build their image around. Having a recognizable captain amid such
uncertainty was a gift the Coyotes never seemed to appreciate.

You don’t have to “be in the loyalty business” and keep re-signing a broken down
player year after year to simply appreciate that Doan has been a huge positive
for this franchise for many years when they didn’t have much else to lean on.
Seems they would have wanted to go out of their way to be as appreciative and
respectful as possible publicly and privately.

Who knows what was said behind the scenes, but it was apparent Doan was
upset at the Coyotes jettisoning more veterans like Hanzal. I’m not a big fan
of the guy or anything. I just think it’s weird how his own team and many fans
seem to be glad his loyalty proved futile.

Posted by Lefty30 on 06/21/17 at 01:09 AM ET

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