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Shane Doan would consider trade from Coyotes

Longtime captain not ruling out leaving Arizona to contend for Stanley Cup

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan said Monday he has not been asked to waive his no-movement clause but didn't rule out agreeing to do so before the NHL Trade Deadline.

Doan was reacting to a report by Sportsnet on Saturday that said the Coyotes were considering approaching Doan about a trade before the Feb. 28 deadline, one that might give him a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

"I heard about it," Doan said of the report by Elliotte Friedman. "People have texted and talked to me about it. I never said I wouldn't go anywhere. I've always wanted to stay here. If there was ever an opportunity, the Coyotes have always been incredible to me and respectful to me in every way.

"I'd talk about it with my family and make a decision on that if it was to come up, but it would have to be so perfect and so right that it's pretty hard for it to all line up perfectly. It would have to be exactly perfect and that just doesn't happen too often in our sport."

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Doan, the No. 7 pick of the 1995 NHL Draft, has played his entire NHL career -- 1,509 games -- with the Winnipeg Jets/Coyotes franchise. He stressed that the speculation did not originate with him.

"It wasn't me saying it," he said. "I've been frustrated with the year, with us not winning and stuff, that's always tough. I haven't said it to them, to management, or said anything to them, but I've also never said I wouldn't [agree to be traded].

"If it comes to that point, we'll sit down and talk about it. It's happened in the past, it's just that no one's ever heard about it. We've had the discussion and said yes or no and for the most part it's been no."

Doan said an opportunity to be traded to a Cup contender is not always as simple as it sounds because there are no clear-cut championship favorites.

"Last year, perfect example, no one was picking [the San Jose Sharks] and [Pittsburgh Penguins] to be playing in the Cup final," Doan said.

The 40-year-old forward from Halkirk, Alberta, said he's like all players in that his goal is to win the Stanley Cup. But he said if he doesn't win one, it will not tarnish his view of his career.

"I've played with too many guys that haven't won a Stanley Cup that I consider to be ultimate winners, and I've played with guys that have won Stanley Cups that don't compare to the guys that haven't," he said.

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Doan, who has scored 400 goals and 957 points in 1,508 NHL regular-season games, said family considerations will be a priority for him if he is asked to consider waiving his no-movement clause.

The short-term nature of a potential move wouldn't be problematic.

"My kids are so old now they'd probably want me out of the house," he said. "But it's hard because my kids are older and their lives are significant, things that happen are very significant in their lives. My daughter will be graduating [from high school] and my son is playing hockey. You don't want to miss those things."

There is little doubt Doan continues to enjoy playing. He stayed on the ice for the morning skate for 70 minutes at Rogers Place on Monday and after the skate said he has not decided if this season is his last.

"I'll decide at the end of the year," Doan said. "As long as I'm enjoying playing the game, I want to play. It's the best sport in the world.

"There will be a day when you will miss it. [Former teammate] Sean Burke said there will be a day when nobody calls your name and you'll want someone to call for you and no one will. I'm going to enjoy this, and have fun with it."

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