GLENDALE – Coyotes captain Shane Doan was troubled at the end of the 2014-15 season because the team notched only 56 points and finished last in the Western Conference standings. Some comments he made before departing for the off-season led some observers to conclude Doan may want to play the 2015-16 season for another team.
On Tuesday, General Manager Don Maloney told reporters that he had breakfast with Doan a few weeks ago and that Doan remains committed to the Coyotes and that he’s eager for the off-season to end.
"He's back, he's refreshed, he knows what we need to do," Maloney said. "We're going to need leadership and good leadership and … he certainly is important to who we are, how we want to play, and the image we want to show to the world. I'm happy to say he's refreshed and excited to go to training camp."
Doan will turn 39 years old right around the time the 2015-16 season will begin in October. Many of his teammates will be at least 10 years younger than Doan – the longest tenured captain in the NHL.
"We have good young players, but they have to be surrounded with some very good veteran players, because young players can tend to get astray a little bit, and you need a good mix if you're going to have a good team,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “He's going to be critical to our success."
Doan will enter the season with 898 NHL points. That ranks 11th among active NHL players. In addition, he ranks tied for 35th on the NHL’s all-time games played list with 1,394.