Doan stays in Phoenix with 4 year deal
By Greg Thornberry
After player agent Terry Bross took star forward Shane Doan on a circus side-show spanning two countries, Doan waited until the last moment to decide that he wasn’t going to leave the place he started.
On Friday Doan signed a 4 year, 22.1 million dollar deal to stay with the Phoenix Coyotes, the only team he has ever played for.
For a long time the New York Rangers were the favorite to land the 36-year-old Doan, but in the last days it apparently came down to a choice between Vancouver and Phoenix.
Doan had made it known from day one that his preference was to stay in Phoenix, but would not sign a deal there unless the ownership situation had been resolved.
While the ownership deal with Greg Jamison is still not finalized, Doan had to make a decision by midnight on Saturday as the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire and with the NHL board of governors voting again to lock out the players in event that a new deal is not struck.
The 17 year NHL vet has played 1,198 NHL games scoring 318 career goals and 470 assists.
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