Shane Doan has finally broken his silence.
One of the top free agents of the offseason somehow made it all summer without revealing where he will spend his time on the ice during the 2012-13 season, but he finally revealed his plans on Thursday via radio interview with Bickley and MJ on XTRA 910 (courtesy of azcentral.com's Sarah Mclellan):
The telling points:
- Doan says a deal between him and the Coyotes is done. All that he's waiting on to put pen to paper is Greg Jamison acquiring the team.
- Doan confirms what's been speculated for awhile now, that Jamison has secured the money to purchase the Coyotes and the money is waiting in escrow.
Phoenix Coyote fans, now is the time to rejoice. Finally.
Doan, who has spent all 16 years of his glorious career with the Coyotes, not only brings important leadership qualities back to a Phoenix squad that took a huge step forward in 2011-12, but he still provides plenty of talent.
The 35-year-old dropped 22 goals and 28 assists last season en route to his 11th 50-point season in the last 12 years.
Just think about that insane combination of production and consistency.
There's also the fact that the captain is easily one of the most popular sports figures in Phoenix. If he would have left for another contender, it would have been devastating for this franchise.
Doan said he would be signed by "midnight on the 15th" of September, which makes economical sense for him, but it also means Coyote fans will get to stop sweating out this much-anticipated decision in a little over a week.
It's about time.