Twenty seasons with one organization is a nice round number, but veteran Shane Doan wants to make it 21 campaigns with the Arizona Coyotes.
Doan, 39, said during an appearance on the NHL Network Friday evening that he wants to return to the Coyotes for at least one more season, which would make for his 21st with the franchise that drafted him seventh overall in 1995. The only hurdle standing between the Coyotes and Doan, however, is that he’ll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. That said, it’s hard to imagine the Coyotes will have much trouble figuring out a deal to bring back their longtime captain.
It’s not as if re-signing the veteran winger is a risky proposition, either. Though Doan will turn 40 on Oct. 10, he’s still productive for the Coyotes and is coming off of a 28-goal, 47-point campaign in 2015-16, which made him the third-highest scorer for Arizona this past season. Doan is finishing up a four-year, $21.2-million deal, and though it's unlikely whatever deal he signs next would carry a similar cap hit, the Coyotes have more than enough cap space to sign him to a similar $5.3-million deal.
For comparison’s sake, a new deal for Doan could look something like that of Jaromir Jagr, who signed a one-year, $4-million deal that is bonus-laden. Jagr earns an additional $300,000 for reaching certain games played milestones with the chance to earn an extra $1.5 million. The bonus structure likely wouldn’t be the same for Doan, but the pre-bonus cap hit could be.
One more campaign for Doan also means he’s likely to become the 17th player in league history to reach the 1,500 games milestone. And being only four goals away from 400 means he could become the 92nd player to reach that plateau. There is one final milestone Doan could reach next season, too, but it’s going to take a big season. He’s 55 points back of reaching the 1,000-point mark, but he hasn’t scored 55 or more points since the 2010-11 season. However, given the youth of the Coyotes and the offensive improvements the team showed over the course of the past season, maybe a 55-point season isn’t out of the question for Doan.
Assuming Doan and the Coyotes do work out a deal — which, again, they almost certainly will — he stands to complete his takeover of the franchise record book. Doan is already the Coyotes franchise leader in games played (1,466), goals (396), points (945) and is also the all-time leader in even-strength, power play, game-winning goals. He can take over the franchise’s all-time assist lead, too, with five assists in 2016-17.