Coyotes captain Shane Doan will not return to the team.
The Coyotes have parted ways with longtime captain Shane Doan, a source said, as the organization told the 40-year-old Saturday morning that he’s no longer part of the organization.
Doan was set to become an unrestricted free agent due for a new contract.
Doan was thanked for his service and time, the source said, explaining that the organization is “getting rid of everything old and going in a different direction.”
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will be named captain, the source said. The Coyotes had no comment when asked about Doan’s successor at captain, saying they will address the issue in training camp.
Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway released a statement early Monday afternoon that said Doan will be a “member of our Pack forever.”
“After serious consideration, we have decided to not offer Shane Doan a contract for the upcoming season. The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future. This was a very difficult decision given what Shane has done for the Coyotes and his unparalleled importance to the organization. With that said, this is necessary to move us forward as a franchise.”
Doan wasn’t offered an off-ice hockey position with the organization when he was delivered the news, the source said.
The Coyotes said they offered Doan a position with the team on Monday morning.
Doan was unavailable for comment.
News of the move involving Doan followed a flurry of activity over the weekend involving the Coyotes.
On Saturday, the team traded goalie Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames.
On Sunday, the Coyotes released the list of players the team will expose in the NHL expansion draft, which included forwards Jamie McGinn and Brad Richardson.
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