The Shane Doan saga is a neverending story. Even the report that he’s signed isn’t the end of it.
Back on Monday, we waded into the epic of Shane Doan, explaining that, by all accounts, the winger wanted to remain in Phoenix and was merely waiting for Greg Jamison to finalize a deal to keep the Coyotes afloat so that he could.
Now we have another account to add to the pile, and it comes from Doan himself. On Thursday, Doan appeared on Phoenix’s XTRA 910 radio and said pretty much what we expected: Greg Jamison has survived his trip to the Central Bureaucracy, and the moment he is announced as owner, an extension with Doan will be announced as well.
In fact, according to Doan, that deal is already in place. Here’s Doan, whose full comments have been helpfully transcribed by Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic:
Yeah, I will be signed by midnight on the 15th. I’ll sign somewhere. My goal is to sign here, and I’ve told everybody … My goal has been to stay here the whole time. Don and Tip and the organization have been great. We have a deal worked out that we just want to make sure that the team gets signed and that everything gets done and it gets done before the 15th.
So there you have it. Doan is a Coyote, unless some part of the deal falls apart or gets held up until just after midnight on the 15th. At that point, the Coyotes turn into a pumpkin and Doan would be forced to go home with one of ugly stepsisters.
Doan added that he had narrowed down his list of ugly stepsisters to “two or three” teams. Presumably, the Canucks are one of them.
All in all, this is just confirmation or what we already thought we knew, but it does raise the stakes somewhat. On Monday, we said Doan will probably be signing in Phoenix, barring a catastrophe. Now it’s clear he will definitely be signing in Phoenix barring a catastrophe.
Speaking of what I said on Monday, those of you who read this blog on the regular likely picked up on the tongue-in-cheekery of my Shakespeare-tinged yearnings for the Coyotes’ untimely end. Truth is, I like the Coyotes. It just so happens that the only way Vancouver gets their best player is if they’re no longer in the running for him, and I like the Canucks more. So it goes.
But, as often happens when outsiders find their way to this daft wing of the Interwebs, the facetious tone was missed by the good folks at Arizona Sports blog the Haboob, who took my overwrought, Pyramus-lifted diatribe very seriously.
Let’s take a look. From ArizonaSports.com:
C’mon, Vancouver, you’re better than that (we think). Sure, you light your beautiful city on fire in the infrequent event that you make it to and lose the Stanley Cup Finals, but the Coyotes being erased from the hockey map won’t really help your chances of hoisting the holy chalice.
If Doan ends up wearing the colors of the Canucks (by the way what combination are you sporting these days — blue and maroon, blue and green or this monstrosity?), enjoy him. He’s one of the best competitors and captains in any sport.
But do you really have to root for the Coyotes’ demise?
Aw man, riot jokes? Lame.
And actually, the Coyotes being erased from the hockey map probably would help the Canucks’ chances of hoisting the holy chalice. That was my whole point. In response to your final question (“do you really have to root for the Coyotes’ demise?”), well, if we want Shane Doan, according to this most recent report, then yes.Tags: PITB is famous, PITB is misunderstood, Shane Doan