Brace yourself if you’re opposing the Arizona Coyotes: it doesn’t sound like Shane Doan is pondering retirement just yet.
Yes, the hard-hitting captain of the Coyotes does turn 39 in October.
He’s also an “old” 39; Doan has a whopping 1,394 regular season games* and 55 postseason contests under his belt. That’s a lot for any player, especially one who emphasizes such a physical style of play.
While it’s probably worth noting that he’s saying these things during the low-impact month of August, it’s still interesting that Doan told Fox Sports Arizona that he might want to play even after his contract expires after the 2015-16 season.
“I always want to approach it that way until I know I’m done,” Doan said. “I’d like to have a good year. If I feel I can still help the team and they still want me, we can go from there.”
Doan seems fairly happy about Arizona’s off-season, too. He believes that they’re going “back to that old pack mentality” that suited them well a few years ago.
One would assume that signs of progress would make Doan want to play quite a bit longer for the Coyotes … assuming that the feeling is mutual.
* – In case you’re wondering, Doan currently is tied with Stan Mikita at 35th place all-time with 1,394 games played. If he managed to appear in all 82 contests in 2015-16, he’d end that campaign ranked 20th overall.