Some free agency news this evening, presented without comment:

He’s been associated with the Phoenix Coyotes (ne Winnipeg Jets) franchise for so long that no one could see this coming. But general manager Don Mahoney confirmed on NHL Radio on Tuesday that team captain Shane Doan will test the free agent market starting on Sunday.

Doan, 35, has spent every one of his 17 seasons with Winnipeg/Phoenix and is the only remaining Coyote to have been a Jet. He is coming off a five-year, $22.75 million contract, and his 50 points (22 goals) was his lowest output in 10 seasons.

Doan is considered one of hockey’s best leaders (he is a two-time captain of Team Canada at the world championships), and another franchise might be willing to overlook his sliding production to add the intangibles he brings to its locker room. He has 318 goals and 788 points in 1198 games.


From Darren Dreger:

Shane Doan wants to stay in Arizona, but ownership instability may force him to test free agency. The list of interested teams will be long.

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