Dog-tired of uncertainty

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Shane Doan is no different than the bulk of hockey fans wondering what each turn of events surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes means.

"I'm sure on Sept. 10, something new will come up, and when it does, we'll figure that out," said the Coyotes captain, who is attending the Olympic orientation camp.

"Nothing will be better (than when) it all gets figured out. Until then, it's just more questions. It seems every time something happens, there seems to be more questions and more uncertainty.

"Hopefully, on Sept. 10, they're able to solidify so we have an idea which direction we're going. Maybe the league coming in will help that happen quicker."

That date is when the team's future in bankruptcy court is to be decided.

The Coyotes have been in flux since owner Jerry Moyes declared bankruptcy. Jim Balsillie wants to purchase the team and move it to Hamilton -- which the league voted unanimously against -- so the NHL is trying to buy the Coyotes and sell to another party. It's meant plenty of possible upheaval, but Doan -- who went through a relocation when the team moved to the desert from Winnipeg -- is trying to take it in stride.

"It's something, as a player, you don't really have a lot of say in," he said. "I'm assuming we're playing in Phoenix this year, and that's all we have to worry about. The NHL getting involved is kind of a curveball and caught everybody by surprise."

Caught in all the swirl has been head coach Wayne Gretzky, who could receive US$9.3 million in claims in the proceedings.

"You feel for everybody," Doan said.

"Wayne gets a lot of the attention and it probably puts a lot of undue pressure on him, but you feel for everybody.

"I've got to know a lot of people pretty personally in the organization that are on pins and needles. From the training staff to the security guys to our P.R. guys, those guys are waiting to see if they have jobs.

"That's a lot of pressure."


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