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Doan: Arizona’s situation is ‘kind of embarrassing’


With just 12 games left in the season, the Arizona Coyotes find themselves sitting 28th in the NHL, tied on 50 points with Edmonton, just three up on last-place Buffalo and right in the thick of the McEichel Derby.

For the organization, there’s silver lining in the prospect of landing a generational talent like Conor McDavid or Jack Eichel at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

But for veteran captain Shane Doan, this year has been lousy.

“Obviously, it’s kind of embarrassing,” Doan said, per Mayor’s Manor. “As a player, it’s always tough. You never want to be stuck in this situation, but we are and we have to deal with it. The new guys coming in, they’ve played well. We’ve been in games; we just haven’t found ways to win, and that’s the name of it.

“It’s just disappointing. You just feel bad, we’ve been bad. There’s no way to get around it. We’ve been bad and we have to be better.”

Doan, 39, is one of a few holdovers from the team that went to the Western Conference Final just three years ago. Fellow vets Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek and Keith Yandle were traded at this year’s deadline, the latest in an exodus that previously saw Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Daymond Langkow, Ray Whitney and Rostislav Klesla all leave town.

The result? Arizona’s slumped steadily and hit rock bottom this season, especially over the last 16 games — the Coyotes are 1-14-1 and Doan’s one pace for one of the least productive seasons of his career (averaging .46 points per game, his lowest since ’97-98.)

Earlier this month, Doan expressed dismay about the direction Arizona was taking, saying a rebuild “was not my idea,” and “not my ideal situation.”

That was met with a rather sharp reply from GM Don Maloney.

“I get it, I understand it, but we’re not in the Girl Scout business,” Maloney said, per Arizona Sports. “We’re in the business of winning. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re getting paid.

“Shane’s a pro, he’ll get through it, he’ll understand it when he sees where this can take us.”

That back-and-forth reignited talks about Doan’s future in the desert. He’s in the third of a four-year, $21.2 million deal and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, leading many to speculate he could be on the move to a contender.

Doan didn’t say he wanted to be moved,  but didn’t rule it out either.

“I really haven’t thought too much about it, going forward,” he explained. “It’s one of those things – we have 14, 15 games to go. Every game you get to play in the NHL is pretty special. I don’t want to miss those games. I want to make sure I’m focused on them and enjoying the moment that we’re in; not getting caught up worrying about what’s going to happen in the future.

“When you get there, it will take care of itself.”

Video: Burrows leads Canucks past Flyers with two goals in 17 seconds

Alex Burrows

Forward Alex Burrows (groin) returned to Vancouver’s lineup on Tuesday and he made his presence felt. With the Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers locked in a 1-1 tie early in the third period, Burrows found the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Then he provided the Canucks with an insurance marker. Seventeen seconds later.

“I’m lucky because the twins are such good players and were able to find me in shooting areas,” Burrows told the Vancouver Province. “That (Flyers) team is tough. They have two of the best players in the world (Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux) and they can make plays in the phone booth. We had to stick with it. Our start wasn’t as good as we wanted, but we want to play hard and play with passion.”

Burrows has 14 goals and 27 points in 57 contests this season. Although he obviously got some ice time with Daniel and Henrik Sedin last night, that hasn’t been his usual role in 2014-15. The Sedin twins have commonly played with Radim Vrbata, although lately they’ve been paired most frequently with Zack Kassian, but he wasn’t able to play Tuesday.

This was a key win for the Canucks as it allowed the squad to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack in the battle for a playoff spot:


Video: Hamhuis bloodied during fight with Voracek

Dan Hamhuis

A couple of unusual suspects dropped the gloves in the first period tonight in Vancouver.

Canucks’ defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Flyers’ forward Jakub Voracek fought midway through the opening frame.

Both players were fighting for just the second time this season.

Hamhuis got the worst of things, as he was cut and bleeding all over his visor.