Shane Doan saying he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if it meant going to the right team is not his way of saying he wants out of Arizona.
Let’s be clear about that.
Instead, the point Doan was trying to get across was more that he is willing to consider leaving the only franchise he has ever known, but only if it means he has a real, legitimate chance to win a Stanley Cup.
“If it was the absolute perfect situation that worked out for everybody then yes, I would think about it,” Doan told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. “But, I mean, it’s hard to get the perfect situation in professional sports. It’s hard to get the perfect situation, really, just in general.
“In order for that to happen it would have to be that way.”
Doan said there were times in the past where he thought there would be an opportunity to be traded, but always ended up deciding to stay with the Coyotes. The same could hold true again this season — his 21st with the team — and earlier Wednesday the team’s GM John Chayka said he’s not actively looking to deal Doan.
But, Chayka noted, if Doan wants out, that’s a discussion he’s willing to have.
Thus far it appears it has not happened, though with the Coyotes languishing at the bottom of the league with just 32 points and Doan himself in the midst of a very down season with four goals and eight assists, things could conceivably change.
Doan said he’s talked to people about the idea of joining a contender late in the season in an effort to make a run, but said the problem is no one really knows who will be competing for the Stanley Cup this summer.
“Last year no one would have picked San Jose and no one would have picked Pittsburgh to go to the Cup Finals,” he said.
As of now, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals are on top of the Eastern Conference while the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks are pacing the West. For Doan to officially give up on the idea of playing his entire career with one team, he said he would have to be sure he’s finding the perfect situation.
“I don’t know how you can tell that, and that’s what makes it so difficult,” he admitted.
Doan has ideas of what he would be looking for, pointing to a team that not only wants him, but is expecting to go on a deep postseason run.
“At the same time, the people that are involved with it and the people that are with the team,” he said. “But even all that added up, I could talk to my family and it still not work. My kids are significantly older and they’re in big times of their lives where I don’t want to miss stuff.
“But at the same time, they’ve been all so supportive; my kids and my wife are so supportive of any decision I make, they’ve made that very, very clear.”
What is not clear, at this point, is what exactly the 40-year-old Doan’s future holds.
The NHL trade deadline will arrive on Feb. 28, meaning there is more than one month between now and when a decision would have to be made. That gives Doan plenty of time to weigh his options, as well as survey the field, and then, if he decides he’s ready to move on, the team will have a chance to find the best deal possible.
“This is nothing that hasn’t happened before, and this is totally in Shane’s — he controls the whole situation,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. “If he approached John Chayka and said he would like to have a chance to go win, we would do anything we could to help him out.
“And if he wants to stay and wants to continue and finish here, we’re more than 100 percent on board with that. Shane kind of controls that.”
The process of coming to a decision is one Doan says will involve multiple conversations with team personnel, though he does not have a target date in mind with regards to when he will know what he wants to do.
“As it gets closer and time kind of gets more of a crunch to see what the situation is and what the landscape looks like,” Doan said. “And hey, if I could help them (the Coyotes), too, or not. It’s not like a 40-year-old on the fourth line is helping them, either.”
Does he want to finish his career having played for one organization — which is rare in today’s sports world — or does he want to have maybe one final shot at competing for a championship?
Doan understands people are curious about his thoughts on the matter, and believes this only became a story because he was honest when asked a question about it. Now that the story is out, he wanted to thank the Coyotes for treating him well.
“The Coyotes have always been so respectful and so incredibly gracious to me, with protecting me and taking care of what I want and doing that,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough for that, and I appreciate it.”