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Sport Coyotes part ways with Shane Doan after 21 seasons

23:40  19 june  2017
23:40  19 june  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan will not be offered a new contract after 21 seasons with the franchise, the team announced on Monday. Doan made his NHL debut for the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, the year before they moved to Arizona and became the Coyotes .

Veteran forward Shane Doan was let go by the Arizona Coyotes in June and has now opted to retire. Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan will not be offered a new contract after 21 seasons with the franchise, the team announced on Monday.

Shane Doan made his NHL debut for the Winnipeg Jets the year before they moved to Arizona and became the Coyotes. Two decades later, his time as the face of hockey in the desert is done.

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The Coyotes announced Monday they will not offer the 40-year-old winger a contract for the 2017-18 season, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Arizona Republic reported earlier in the day that Doan was informed of the decision Saturday.

"The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future," Coyotes chairman Andrew Barroway said in a release. "This was a very difficult decision given what Shane has done for the Coyotes and his unparalleled importance to the organization. With that said, this is necessary to move us forward as a franchise.

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Veteran forward Shane Doan was let go by the Arizona Coyotes in June and has now opted to retire. Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan will not be offered a new contract after 21 seasons with the franchise, the team announced on Monday.

Shane Doan ‘s Arizona Coyotes career is over. As first reported by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Coyotes informed Doan over the weekend of their decision to part ways . Shortly after the report, Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway released the following statement

"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank Shane for everything he's done for the Coyotes on and off the ice the past 21 years. Shane is a Valley icon who had an incredible career and was one of the best captains to ever play in the NHL."

Doan has played 1,540 NHL games since Winnipeg selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 1995 NHL Draft. He has tallied 972 points, including 402 goals, but was part of only one extended playoff run, when the Coyotes fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings in the 2012 Western Conference finals.

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