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Doan tells Phoenix radio he's staying with Coyotes, saves Sabres $30 million

It appears the idea of raking in $7.5 million per year until almost age 40 wasn't enough to get Shane Doan out of Phoenix and into Buffalo.

Doan, one of the premier unrestricted free agents on the market this summer, told a Phoenix radio station Thursday night that he's planning to stay with the Coyotes.

"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," Doan told XTRA 910 AM.

Doan has long professed his desire to stay in Phoenix provided the muddy ownership situation gets settled. The NHL has be running the team, but a formal sale and transfer to Greg Jamison is imminent, Doan said.

"Mr. Jamison has the money," Doan told the station. "Mr. [Gary] Bettman [the NHL commissioner] has said it's all good, according to the NHL, and it's going to go through. It's just a matter of getting the lease agreement done now. Obviously, that was done earlier. Now there are some things they decided they wanted to change, which obviously can delay things.

"With that being said, I think that Mr. Jamison and the league have stated it's really up to [the city of] Glendale, and Glendale, they had it done for awhile. So it's not like it's been up to them up to this point. But there's a couple things they want to change, and hopefully they can get the changes done and approved in the coming week."

Doan has visited with and fielded offers from several teams this summer, most notably the Sabres. Several reports, including one in The Buffalo News, said the Sabres offered Doan, who will be 36 in October, a four-year deal worth $30 million.

"You know what, the Coyotes have been more than fair to me in their offer as well," Doan said on the radio, according to a transcipt provided by the Arizona Republic. "Obviously, to pick up your family and move it would be difficult. My plan, and I've stated to anyone that has ever listened at the time, my goal has been to stay in Phoenix until I believe that the team is in that much trouble. I was gonna do everything I could to make it so I had a chance to stay here. As tempting as some of those other things were, it was more of you know what, this is the organization that gave me a chance to play in the NHL. I love it here, and the Valley has been phenomenal to me.

"For the most part, the other teams that I've talked to that have talked to me have been phenomenally patient and kind and generous with some of their offers and different things, but I'm really excited about what we can have here in Phoenix."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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