Coyotes part ways with Shane Doan after 21 seasons
Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan will not be offered a new contract after 21 seasons with the franchise, the team announced on Monday.
Doan made his NHL debut for the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, the year before they moved to Arizona and became the Coyotes.
Arizona will not offer the 40-year-old winger - skipper since 2003-04 - a contract for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent.
"The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future," Coyotes chairman Andrew Barroway said in a release.
"This was a very difficult decision given what Shane has done for the Coyotes and his unparalleled importance to the organization. With that said, this is necessary to move us forward as a franchise.
"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank Shane for everything he's done for the Coyotes on and off the ice the past 21 years. Shane is a Valley icon who had an incredible career and was one of the best captains to ever play in the NHL."
140 characters could never cover it.-- Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 19, 2017
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Doan has played 1,540 NHL games since Winnipeg selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 1995 NHL Draft.
He has tallied 972 points, including 402 goals, but was part of only one extended playoff run, when the Coyotes fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings in the 2012 Western Conference finals.