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Monday, June 19, 2017

End of an Era

I'm a Pittsburgh Penguins fan first and foremost, but in traveling to Arizona the last few years, I have also become a fan of the Coyotes. I was very surprised to hear that the team decided they would be moving on from their long-time captain, Shane Doan, and did not offer him a contract for next season. He has always been loyal to the franchise, and decided to stick with the struggling team, despite many times when he could have (and probably should have) left to play for a Stanley Cup contender. He was also one of the greatest ambassadors that the game has seen, especially in the state of Arizona, as he was always making appearances for the team and promoting the game in the area. I got the chance to meet him a couple of times after games, as he always stopped to sign autographs for the fans after Coyotes games, win or lose, and always with the biggest smile on his face. He may still have another year or two left in him, so hopefully another team is willing to give him a shot at his first Stanley Cup.












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  1. Doan is one of my favorite players in the league. Sad to see the Coyotes let him go but who knows, maybe Vegas will pick him up in the draft.

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    1. I think he's a UFA, so they'd likely pick up a guy under contract. That being said, Vegas is relatively close to Arizona, so proximity-wise, it might make sense.

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  2. Doan was a class act on and off the ice. Horrible the Yotes didn't decide this the past season so he could have a farewell tour with the team. Maybe he signs with the Penguins for one year and a shot for the Cup.

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    1. I really hope so. The Penguins always have that veteran "locker room guy" when they win the Cup, and if Matt Cullen retires, Doan would be the PERFECT replacement.

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