Coyotes captain and unrestricted free agent Shane Doan on Saturday told Canadian network TSN that his preference is still to work out a resolution with Phoenix. The power forward remains the top free agent still available, and a source told CSNCalifornia.com earlier this week that the Sharks are still in play for his services.The ownership situation in Phoenix, led by former Sharks executive Greg Jamison, is still unresolved."Right now I'm doing everything I can to stay there and that's kind of my goal," Doan said in an interview with TSN, via NHL.com. "At the same time, I'm having to do some due diligence, now in the fact that the longer it takes the more likely and the harder it seems to be to get a deal done in Phoenix."Reports have suggested that Doan is seeking a four-year deal worth 30 million, for an annual cap hit of 7.5 million.An NHL source has informed CSNCalifornia.com that if those demands are true, the Sharks will not be among his suitors, and that San Jose will not offer more than a three-year deal for approximately 4.5 million a season.Still, if Doan wants to remain close to Phoenix without actually playing there, his options could be limited. San Jose and Vancouver are the only Western Conference teams said to be pursuing Doan, along with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York and Buffalo in the East.
Doan hopeful for Phoenix resolution
August 5, 2012, 6:24 pm