Shane Doan will sign a new contract before the NHL's current CBA expires on September 15, his agent told the Arizona Republic on Thursday night.
Doan, an unrestricted free agent, is the best player still remaining on the open market. He has been the focus of a summer-long pursuit as he waits for the ownership situation in Phoenix to be settled before he decides to either re-sign with the only organization he's ever played for, or move on to a new club.
"Shane is going to sign a contract before the CBA expires on the 15th," said Terry Bross, Doan's agent via Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic. "(Ownership has to) be done before the 15th, otherwise we're signing somewhere because we don't know what the new CBA is going to look like, and I don't know if it's going to limit any scope of a contract, so we want to make sure we sign before then."
Do you believe it will finally happen within the next three weeks? Or you in the "I'll believe it happens when I actually see it happen" crowd?
(Put me in the latter.)
Doan, who turns 36 in early October, is coming off a 22-goal, 28-assist season with the Coyotes.
Ever since free agency opened on July 1 just about every team in the league has been rumored to have some sort of interest in signing him, with teams like New York, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Phoenix being the most talked about destinations. It was reported earlier this offseason that one Eastern Conference team (perhaps the Buffalo Sabres?) offered him as much as four years and $30 million (that would be a cap hit of $7.5 million per year).