Shane Doan and the Arizona Coyotes are working toward a one-year contract for the veteran forward to remain with the franchise he has spent his entire 20-season NHL career with, general manager John Chayka told the Arizona Republic on Monday.
"At this point, I think on both sides it makes sense to keep it one year for a player of Shane's age," Chayka said. "It's the best approach for him and his family and for us as an organization."
Doan turns 40 on Oct. 10.
"We're hopeful that we can get something done here at some point," Chayka said. "It's one of those things you can't rush it. You go through it, and you make sure that you get it right for both parties."
Doan's four-year, $21.2 million contract expires July 1. His 28 goals led the Coyotes last season and was the third-highest total of his career; he had 30 goals during the 2005-06 season.
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"There's still some things that we have to get over, but at the same time I think I'm capable of doing it," Doan told NHL.com on May 9. "Whether or not it all works out is another thing but I'm capable of doing it; just talking with my family and seeing if it was something that was doable as a group, it was. So from there we'll try to figure out the details of it. It if all works out it'd be great.
"I enjoy playing. I'm going to play when I'm done playing in the NHL. I'll just play somewhere that no one else is watching. I love the game and it's fun to play."
Selected in the first round (No. 7) of the 1995 NHL Draft when the franchise was the Winnipeg Jets, Doan has 396 goals, 945 points and 1,305 penalty minutes in 1,466 regular season games and 15 goals and 28 points in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He is the franchise leader in games played, goals and points.