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by George Malik on 07/24/12 at 05:06 AM ET
According to the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan, Phoenix Coyotes captain and unrestricted free agent forward Shane Doan has not received assurances from the Coyotes’ prospective owner that his bid for the team will come to pass, and as such, Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, tells McLellan that he’s planning on asking Doan which other potential suitors he’d like to meet with after visiting the Rangers and Flyers during last week’s CBA negotiations in New York:
“We’re still trying to decide which other visits he’s going to take,” Bross said. “We’re mulling that over right now.”
Doan has had conversations with Jamison, but Bross said he hasn’t heard from Jamison and isn’t sure how recently the former San Jose Sharks executive reached out to Doan.
“I’ve had contact with (General Manager) Don (Maloney), who is giving me reports from them,” Bross said. “I haven’t heard anything from them.”
After participating in the labor meeting, Doan met with the Rangers and Flyers over the weekend. The visits haven’t ruled out the Coyotes, who remain Doan’s No. 1 target. But Bross wants Doan to be informed about his suitors should he need to choose that route over the Coyotes.
“When we get the news, whether it’s good or bad, at least we’ll be prepared,” Bross said. “Otherwise we’ll have to take a week to make a decision. If we find out it doesn’t happen, then we’re behind the 8-ball trying to go visit teams and make a decision. Let’s get them out of the way now. If it works (with the Coyotes), great. If it doesn’t, we’ve got a feel for the other places.”
added 10:51am, from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
Shane Doan has been the Phoenix Coyotes centerpiece since the underdog franchise moved to the Valley. So, it is fitting his future with team is tied to the Coyotes future in Glendale and Greg Jamison’s arduous bid to buy the hockey team.
Doan has met with Jamison and is giving the former San Jose Sharks CEO until Friday to see if he can make some more progress or get close to finalizing the sale. Jamison wants Doan to re-sign with Coyotes but still can’t say a purchase of the team is a done deal.
If Doan can’t get serious assurances that the Coyotes sale will happen he will look at signing outside of Phoenix and will narrow that list down.
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