Shane Doan is frustrated with the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation, particularly when it relates to his impending free agent status.
Doan, the Coyotes 36-year-old captain who has never played for another organization, wants to stay in Phoenix but sounds unsure if that will happen because of the team's unsettled ownership. The NHL owns the team but is trying to sell it to Greg Jamison, a former executive with the San Jose Sharks, but has recently been blocked by taxpayer watchdog group, the Goldwater Institute.
"They have been unbelievably open and honest and great with me and I can't say enough about how good they've been," Doan told radio station Arizona Sports 620. "And yet their hands are so tied with the whole stumbling block that keeps popping up with the team, and that is frustrating. I'd love for it to be the whole time in Phoenix. I've made no bones about that. I've really enjoyed my time here and like it here and this is where my family is from and it's what we want to do.
"But at the same time, it's such a unique and difficult situation."
Doan is reportedly seeking a four-year contract, which would be the last of his career. He had 22 goals and 28 assists in the regular season and led the Coyotes to the Western Conference final.
KINGS INK TWO
The Stanley Cup champs locked up a pair of gritty forwards Friday.
The Los Angeles Kings signed Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser to new deals before the NHL draft got under way. Stoll's three-year deal is worth a reported $9.275 million, which works out to an average of $3.25 million per season.
No terms of Fraser's contract were announced -- in fact, the deal was not even acknowledged -- but Kings captain Dustin Brown tweeted about it, saying "Another #glueguy @cf_cf11 Colin Fraser locked up today. Yeaaaaaah buddy."
Stoll, who turns 30 on Sunday, had six goals and 15 assists in 78 games while Fraser, 28, had two goals and six assists in 67 games.
CAPS LIKE HAVILAND?
The Washington Capitals have interviewed former Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland for the job left vacant when Dale Hunter resigned.
A league source told the Chicago Sun-Times that Haviland, who was fired by the Blackhawks in May after a rumoured rift with the rest of the staff developed, interviewed for Washington's head coach position. The Caps have been without a coach since Hunter resigned days after they were knocked out of the playoffs.
The Sun-Times report indicated that it appeared Haviland was one of the front-runner for the job.
"I think he'd be great," Florida Panthers defenceman Brian Campbell, who played three years under Haviland in Chicago, told the Sun-Times. "Hopefully, he does get the Washington job. I know I'm a fan of his. He always had a lot of confidence in me and gave me support, especially when he was coaching the defence."
The Caps also reportedly interviewed Jon Cooper, who coached the Norfolk Admirals to an AHL title.
ARNIEL GETS GIG
Scott Arniel is rejoining the Vancouver Canucks organization.
The former bench boss of the Columbus Blue Jackets has a verbal agreement to become the head coach of the Chicago Wolves, the Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate.
Arniel replaces Craig MacTavish, who left the Wolves after one season to take a position with the Edmonton Oilers as senior vice president of hockey operations.
The San Jose Sharks were looking for an experienced coach to join the staff of Todd McLellan as an assistant or associate coach, but Arniel ultimately decided he wanted to run his own bench.
Arniel, 49, also has a strong working relationship with Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who just signed a three-year extension with Vancouver.
After guiding the Blue Jackets to a record of 34-35-13 in his first season, Arniel was fired after the team struggled to a 11-25-5 start, leaving him with a record of 45-60-18.