The captain of the Arizona Coyotes and the face of the franchise for over two decades will be back for one more season. Craig Morgan announced late tonight that Shane Doan and the Coyotes have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. It is expected to be worth a total of $5MM, much of which will likely be incentive based.
Doan has had quite the career already, totaling 945 points in 1466 games, which is good enough for tenth and third respectively among all active players. Even with twenty seasons under his belt, he couldn’t help but re-sign for another year in Arizona. Doan, who will turn 40 during the upcoming season, is already the (original) Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes/Arizona Coyotes franchise leader in games played, goals, and points, and will only increase his lead this season.
The importance of Doan to the Coyotes cannot be understated, even as the team goes through a rebuilding phase. The captain brings experience and leadership to the locker room and an unmatched physicality and on-ice presence to each and every game. Not only is he a great mentor to the young core of the Coyotes, but he is beloved by the fans as well, whose outpouring of celebration on social media followed soon after the signing was announced. While it seems unlikely that Doan will get that elusive Stanley Cup ring if he plays out yet another season with the Coyotes, the selflessness of his dedication to the franchise is a testament to his character and will continue to make him a hero in the game of hockey.