Nine days into free agency, there’s a reason Shane Doan hasn’t made a decision on where he’ll play next season — he still wants to stay in Phoenix.
Problem is, as always, the future of the Coyotes is up in the air.
Yesterday was supposed to bring some clarity to the issue of the Coyotes being sold to Greg Jamison. A petition, which would put the already approved (and necessary) lease of the Jobing.com Arena to a public vote in November, was due to the city of Glendale. But the petition wasn’t submitted. Organizers say they have another week to do so and they’ll consider a legal challenge if it’s not allowed.
Yeah, it’s messy and confusing (no wonder Doan is unsure of what will happen). Here are links to articles in the Globe and Mail and the Arizona Republic. Hopefully they explain it better.
On CKNW 980′s sportstalk yesterday, Doan’s agent, Terry Bross reiterated that Phoenix is his client’s first destination.
“If the Jamison deal had been finalized already and done, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now,” he said.
The problem is the uncertainty. “You don’t know who the owner’s going to be. The owner is a key part of this thing in terms of giving the general manager the budget and the authority to go out and bring in the pieces of the puzzle that are needed to win.”
Starting to talk with other teams
Bross said so far they have taken calls from interested teams, but have not taken contract offers. “We’re not prepared to have a negotiation until we have a little clearer picture of what’s happening in Phoenix.”
Unfortunately, that clarity’s not coming. Asked if Doan would be interested in Vancouver, Bross said, “He’d have strong interest… he’s got a home in Kamloops, which isn’t far away. His wife’s from Kamloops.”
He also said “15 or 16 teams” have been in contact with them.
One more thing. Don Maloney, Coyotes GM, was quoted on the team’s website yesterday saying, “I’ve been communicating with Shane and his agent on a regular basis since July 1 and I still believe we’ll get Shane signed.”
If Doan is prepared to wait, Phoenix may still work out. But you can’t blame him for being impatient. If he does move, Vancouver is said to be on a 2-3 team shortlist for his services.