Doan pushes back contract deadline
|Coyotes forward Shane Doan speaks to the media after practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 16, 2012. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)
Shane Doan has set a deadline of next Monday to work out a multiyear contract to remain with the Phoenix Coyotes.
"I would say if we don't have an answer by the 16th it may be time to get serious about listening to other teams' offers," Doan's agent, Terry Bross, told Fox Sports Arizona. "Unlike the majority of athletes, he takes responsibility for this organization. Don't think it's lost on him that it's going to have an impact in more ways than on the ice if he leaves. That's why we're dragging our feet on this.
"We thought (Monday) we would have closure. Now it's hurry-up-and-wait again."
Doan has been hoping that Greg Jamison's bid to purchase the Coyotes would have been rubber-stamped by now to give the franchise long-term security in the desert. But a couple of residents of Glendale, Ariz., are attempting to get a referendum ordered for November regarding a lease agreement between the city and the prospective owner.
Doan, 35, has spent virtually his entire career with the Coyotes, who relocated to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.