(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — There may not be an NHL season in 2012, but at least Phoenix Coyotes fans can sleep a little easier. The team was able to resign forward Shane Doan to a four-year deal worth $21.2 million.
Doan was one of the most coveted free agents on the market this offseason. He received offers from numerous teams around the NHL, but Doan chose to stay in Phoenix where he is one of the most beloved athletes in that market.
He had always wanted to stay there, but an uncertain ownership situation kept Doan from signing with the team before free agency began on July 15.
“I’m glad to get it over with and get the deal done,” Doan said from Jobling.com Arena. “It’s a deal thats’ been mostly done for a little while, but I wanted to wait a little while to see what happens.”
The 35-year old Doan has been with the organization since he made his NHL debut during the 1995-1996 season. During that span, the former All-Star has scored 318 goals and also has 470 assists. He was a contributor on the team’s run to the Western Conference Finals this past season.
Doan is the NHL’s active leader in games played with one team.
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James Hanlon, CNN