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Coyotes captain Doan unsure of return

39-year-old Arizona forward can become free agent, will discuss with family @NHLdotcom

Shane Doan on the past season

Captain Shane Doan talks about the past season

We caught up with Captain Shane Doan to discuss the past season and look ahead to the future

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Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan said Wednesday he has not decided if he will return to play another NHL season.

"My family and I will discuss it," Doan told the Coyotes website. "… My (four) kids are getting older and they've got important things happening in their lives. I have the opportunity to be there and I'd love to be there for some of them. I don't want to miss too much."

The 39-year-old scored 28 goals this season, the most since his NHL career high 31 in 2008-09, and had 47 points in 72 games. Doan passed Dale Hawerchuk to set Winnipeg Jets/Coyotes franchise records for goals (396), points (945) and power-play goals (125). Doan is five assists shy of the franchise record held by Thomas Steen (553).

The Coyotes (35-39-8) finished fourth in the Pacific Division with 78 points. Doan's veteran presence helped the transition of rookies Max Domi (18 goals, 34 assists), Anthony Duclair (20 goals, 24 assists) and Louis Domingue (15-8-5, .912 save percentage, 2.75 goals-against average) into the NHL.

"There were some moments that were pretty good," Doan said. "We took some steps that were exciting, but at the same time we've got a long ways to go. We took the step to get better and that's encouraging."

Doan can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The No. 7 pick in the 1995 NHL Draft has played all of his 20-year career for the Jets/Coyotes organization.

"Our view is, if Shane wants to come back we're thrilled," Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. "There's no bigger figurehead in regards to the Arizona Coyotes than Shane Doan. But it's a decision he has to come to with his family, and we're going to let him dictate the time frame on that."

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