One of the more reliable sources on the Arizona Coyotes beat is reporting that the contract impasse between Shane Doan and the Coyotes has come to an end.
Source: Coyotes & captain Shane Doan have agreed on 1-year deal. Doan will return for 21st NHL season, all w/same franchise.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 12, 2016
Dollar figures are, as of this writing, not known. But in all likelihood, Doan will earn less than the $5.3 million AAV he received on his last contract. Or alternatively, the Coyotes may have structured his contract a little differently.
No dollar figures have been released but Doan's deal may include additional incentives & deferred payments. Story soon at @AZSports— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 12, 2016
One report suggests Doan's deal is in fact pretty close to what he made last go around.
Doan's deal is expected to be around $5 million per season.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) July 12, 2016
In 72 games last season, Doan recorded 28 goals and 19 assists. The 28 goals were the most he scored since the 31 goals he scored back in 2008-09. Last season he proved to be invaluable on the power play, scoring 12 times with the man advantage, tied for the most on the team with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
One of the most consistent players on the team, Doan has recorded 35 points or more in every full season he's played since 1998-99. Heading into the 2016-17 season, Doan is just four goals shy of 400 in his career, and 55 points shy of 1,000 career regular season points.
He should clear the 400 goal mark with ease, but it may take more than one season to get to 1,000 career points. Given the allusion by both the Coyotes and Doan that there may be multiple one-year deals in his future, it's possible that with another strong season Doan will play enough contests to crack the 1,000 point plateau.
We will update this story as more details become available. But for now, it looks like the Captain is back for another year in the saddle.