The Shane Doan situation has finally been resolved. On the eve of the NHL's second lockout in nine years, Doan announced that he will stay with the Coyotes by signing a four-year, $21.2 million contract (The Fourth Period). Doan will also receive a $2 million signing bonus in order to remain with Phoenix.
After all that, Doan sticks with Phoenix. Did it really need to take this long?
Doan had been connected to numerous teams including the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres even offered a four-year, $30 million contract for Doan in the hopes of landing the veteran. Despite all the rumors, Doan claimed that he still desired to be a member of the Coyotes. This idea was in doubt as Doan prolonged his decision. In the end, he decided to stick with Phoenix and pass on a larger offer from Buffalo. Family and friends ended up coming first for the 16-year veteran.
Ironically, Doan drug his decision out all the way to the night before lockout is set ...