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Arizona Coyotes to not bring back Shane Doan for ’17-’18 season

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Team decides to part ways with captain after 21 seasons

For the first time in 14 years, the Arizona Coyotes will have a new captain.

The Coyotes announced Monday in a press release that they will not re-sign Shane Doan for the 2017-18 season. The release detailed team owner Andrew Barroway’s comments about the decision. He cited the need to focus on the future.

“The time has come for us to move on and focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future,” Barroway said via the press release.

Barroway acknowledges the longtime captain’s importance and impact to the franchise in the release.  However, he said it is “necessary to move us forward as a franchise”.

In a radio interview Monday with Arizona Sports 98.7’s Burns & Gambo, Doan said he was notified that he would not be brought back when he met with Coyotes general manger John Chayka this past Saturday. Barroway made the decision, according to Doan.

“When (Barroway) got possession of the team, he chose he wanted to go with the younger group,” Doan said in the radio interview.

Prior to the announcement, it was believed that Doan wanted to play the 2017-18 season. The former captain said during the radio interview that he feels closer to where he was during his 28-goal season in 2015-2016 than where he was this past season. He struggled last  season, only producing six goals and 27 points.

The right winger is the franchise’s all-time leader in goals (402), assists (570), points (972) and games played (1,540). He holds various other franchise records.

The franchise drafted Doan when it was back in Winnipeg in 1995. Taken seventh overall, he has never been a member of another franchise.

Doan is an unrestricted free agent when the market opens up on July 1.