July 10, 2012
The Coyotes’ chances of re-signing free agent Shane Doan are dwindling.
“I would say if we don’t have an answer by the 16th (of July) it may be time to get serious about listening to other teams’ offers,” Doan’s agent, Terry Bross said Tuesday.
The date coincides with the date Glendale residents Joe Cobb and Ken Jones intend to turn in a petition in hopes of getting a referendum on the November ballot regarding Glendale’s lease agreement with former San Jose Sharks CEO and prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison.
Glendale officials had set a July 9 deadline for the petition, which Cobb and Jones did not meet, arguing that they should have had 30 days from the date paperwork was made available. That disagreement will likely lead to legal wrangling once the group turns in the petition. That could spell doom for the Coyotes’ efforts to keep the only player who has been with the club since it arrived in the Valley in 1996.
“If it’s going to turn into legal wrangling, then I would say it might be time to move on,” Bross said.
If it wasn’t already crystal clear, it should be now that Doan’s first, second and third preferences are to remain in Phoenix. He and his family love the Valley and, for a change, that is not your typical athlete hyperbole.
But just as important is Doan’s sense of loyalty and commitment to the franchise.