Though we suggested Shane Doan as a possible free agent target for the Rangers, no one really believed the team had a shot at signing him.
That’s because the consensus for months, even years, was that Doan was a life-long Coyote, solely loyal to the Phoenix/Winnipeg squad that originally drafted him back in 1995.
But in a surprising turn of events, Phoenix GM Don Maloney admitted this evening that Doan will indeed test free agency on July 1st.
Doan really has no choice. Phoenix’s ownership situation is still as uncertain as ever and there’s still a reasonable possibility that the Coyotes will leave Phoenix in the very near future. Doan, at 35-years-old, knows that this will likely be the final contract of his NHL career and he understandably wants to know that his team is on solid ground and where his family will be living 12 months from now.
So the Coyotes’ eight-year captain has evidently made it known that with these issues still facing his current employer, he’s going to at l...