For Shane Doan, call of Coyotes too strong
Shane Doan was flattered, maybe even a little curious, but the answer was no.
The Phoenix Coyotes captain spoke to Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Thursday on a wide variety of topics, and specifically in detail about why he chose to re-sign last month with the only franchise he's ever played for since entering the NHL in 1995-96.
Doan, who turned 36 on Wednesday, was one of the most desired unrestricted free agents this summer.
Because of Phoenix's protracted ownership saga, he didn't re-sign until the day before the NHL lockout of Sept. 15, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $21.2 million US. Before that point, here were rumours of offers totalling $30 million US that the Halkirk, Alta., native ultimately resisted.
"I was surprised to a certain degree how patient and how incredibly generous some of the offers were," Doan said to HNIC Radio host Gord Stellick and co-host Scott Oake.
The Coyotes surprised many observers by reaching the Western Conference final, but not Doan the recipient this year of the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
The right wing said he believed top to bottom that the Coyotes have the best blue-line in the NHL, led by young talents Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson — a budding superstar in Doan's estimation.
He was just as effusive about netminder Mike Smith.
"At the end, this is where I have put all my efforts into," said Doan. "I think we got a team and I know people don't necessarily believe me, but I really think we've got a good team."
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who appeared on the show in a separate interview, is glad to have "the face of the franchise" back in tow.
"The honesty and loyalty that he's showed this organization is very rare in today's sports," said Tippett.
Around the same time the father of four was being courted by NHL teams, his seven-year-old daughter got bit in the face by a dog.
"It was one of the first times in my life where I could have cared less what was going on in the hockey world," said Doan.
It put into perspective the never-ending story involving team stewards the NHL and the city of Glendale, Ariz.
The lockout has put the sale process on the backburner in terms of public attention, but Doan believed that rumoured buyer Greg Jamison was making strides to ultimately closing the deal.
"If the team has to move in the end, then we cross that bridge when we get there."
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