Doan has spent his entire National Hockey League career with the Coyotes organization and is the team's all-time leaders in games and goals scored, and he had been the longest-serving active captain in the National Hockey League.
"After serious consideration, we have made a decision to not offer Shane Doan a contract for the upcoming season", Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said in a statement Monday. The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future. It's rare to see a player last an entire career with one franchise in today's era of sports, but Doan has done so to this point.
"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", Barroway said.
Doan became a local icon through the years through his hard-working mentality, professionalism and connection with the community.
"Shane deserves an enormous amount of credit for keeping the Coyotes in the Valley and for growing the game of hockey in Arizona", Barroway said. The bruising forward was known as one of the NHL's best captains, a leader in the locker room and the ice who earned respect across the league. A report last week said Doan was leaning toward playing at least one more season. He will be a member of our Pack forever.
If Doan does retire, however, he could find himself remaining with the Coyotes franchise in a front office role as LeBrun mentions - even if that retirement doesn't necessarily come this year.
Defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is expected to become Arizona's captain with Doan no longer on the team.