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Arizona GM Maloney says Doan can stay a Coyote ‘as long as he wants’

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Arizona GM Maloney says Doan can stay a Coyote ‘as long as he wants’

Jared Clinton
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Shane Doan has one season remaining on his contract, but the 39-year-old could remain an Arizona Coyote beyond this season if he chooses. According to a report, Coyotes GM Don Maloney said Doan “will stay with us as long as he wants to stay with us.”

Shane Doan only has one season left on his contract, but if he wants to come back for another year in Arizona, the choice is entirely up to him.

Coyotes GM Don Maloney told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that talks have happened with Doan’s agent and the veteran winger will have the option to remain a Coyote beyond this season should he so choose.

“We had a conversation with his agent a few weeks ago,” Maloney told Friedman. “We both decided to evaluate at the end of year, see where his mindset is at. Shane Doan will stay with us as long as he wants to stay with us.”

Doan, 39, is in the final season of a four-year, $21-million deal that sees him earn $4.55 million this campaign. In 24 games, Doan has potted eight goals and 14 points to go along with 42 penalty minutes. Even as his career winds down, Doan is still averaging more than 16 minutes per game and is a fixture on the second line in Arizona.

Over the past few seasons, Doan name has often been mentioned as a prime candidate to be dealt to a contender at the trade deadline, yet he has never moved on from the organization. It’s possible again that Doan could be heading out of Arizona come the deadline and his expiring contract makes him an even more enticing addition for a playoff-bound team. Likely all Doan would need to land himself on a contender heading into the post-season would be to ask Maloney to find a spot for him on a playoff team.

That said, there’s potential for Doan and the Coyotes to be post-season bound thanks to a weak Pacific Division. However, those chances are slimmer with goaltender Mike Smith sidelined for at least two months.

Doan is one of few players that have remained with one organization as long as he has, and appeared in his 1,418th game as a member of the Coyotes franchise Tuesday night. Only seven players in league history have spent longer with one team. Should Doan remain healthy for the remainder of the season he should move into sixth all-time, passing John Bucyk (1,436; Boston) and Mike Modano (1,459; Dallas) on the list. One more season with Arizona would likely vault Doan past Steve Yzerman (1,514; Detroit) and Ray Bourque (1,518; Boston).

Doan is the Coyotes/Jets franchise’s all-time leader in games played and game-winning goals (66), but he doesn’t sit No. 1 in any other major scoring categories. However, should he remain healthy and play the full season, it’s likely he ends 2015-16 as the team’s all-time leader in goals, and he could very well take over the all-time points lead for the franchise. Currently, Doan sits second all-time in goals (376) behind Dale Hawerchuk (379), and Doan’s 912 points are also 17 back of Hawerchuk’s franchise mark.

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Arizona GM Maloney says Doan can stay a Coyote ‘as long as he wants’