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Shane Doan of Coyotes may play another season: report

Forward, 40, hasn't made final decision but is 'leaning' toward return, agent says

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Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan may play next season, agent Terry Bross said in an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Wednesday.

"He hasn't made a final decision, but I think he's leaning toward playing one more year; I think he's going to play," Bross said. "His body feels good, he loves the game, and he loves the players."

Doan, 40, has played his entire 21-season NHL career with the Coyotes franchise. He was selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the seventh pick in the 1995 NHL Draft. The franchise moved to Phoenix prior to the 1996-97 season, Doan's second in the NHL.

The Coyotes named Doan captain in 2003, and he is the franchise's all-time leader in goals (402), assists (570), points (972) and games (1,540). He had 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 74 games this season, his lowest point total in a full season since he had 22 in 1998-99. 

"Some people tell you, 'Play as long as you can, because once you ring that bell you can't unring it,' and, 'Make them take that jersey off you,'" Doan said on April 10. "Then there is certainly amount of, 'If they think you can still play, don't go out there and prove them wrong. Step out with a little bit of class.'"

Doan is one of nine players in NHL history to have played at least 21 seasons with the same organization. He has never made it to the Stanley Cup Final. Doan, who has 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helped the Coyotes reach the Western Conference Final in 2012 before being eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

He had considered retiring after last season and at times during this season.

"Whether or not I think I'm embarrassing myself if I come back will be one," Doan said. "Whether or not I can accept the role I would play, or if there is a role for me. My family … the balance has been so much in my favor, but at some point there has to be a breaking point because they have given up an awful lot."

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