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Fans react to Coyotes’ decision not to bring back Shane Doan

Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan (19) looks on prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, March. 2, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

News broke Monday that the Arizona Coyotes have decided not to bring back their captain, Shane Doan, for a 21st season in the Valley. Doan moved with the Winnipeg Jets to Arizona following his rookie season in 1995-96, and has been a pillar ever since.

Last week, ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Morgan reported that Doan was leaning toward returning for another season, but now his desires have been taken out of the equation.

It’s unclear if Doan, who has played in 1,540 games in his NHL career (14th most in league history), will seek to sign with another team or retire.

Either way, Coyotes fans were passionate in their reaction to the news on social media.

Here’s a sampling of some that were none too happy with Arizona’s decision to cut ties with one of the most popular athletes this city has ever rooted for.

And then there’s this little nugget…

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