Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway issued the following statement today regarding Shane Doan.
“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.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank Shane for everything he’s done for the Coyotes on and off the ice the past 21 years. Shane is a Valley icon who had an incredible career and was one of the best captains to ever play in the NHL.
“Shane deserves an enormous amount of credit for keeping the Coyotes in the Valley and for growing the game of hockey in Arizona. He is beloved by our fans, corporate partners and the media and has been a tremendous leader for us in the community, and a great role model for kids. We wish him and his family all the best in the future. He will be a member of our Pack forever.”
As soon as the release was put out fans immediatly shared how angry they were with the organization.
No. This was wrong. No allegiance smh
— Courtney (@1800Callabro) June 19, 2017
Coyotes franchise stabbing their most loyal and respected player in the back!!
— Marc Gougeon (@GougeonMarc) June 19, 2017
Shame on you Coyotes! This is NOT ok! Def not the way to get more fans in the seats…
— Thank u Doaner ???????? (@MJ143) June 19, 2017
And the way they put it in their statement was totally harsh "out with the old".
— Claudia (@azgrl23) June 19, 2017
Awful move, I will not be supporting your hockey team this year and I go to many games. Are you actively trying to alienate fans?
— George (@tallgeorgeAZ) June 19, 2017
As a #Yotes fan, I'm upset with this treatment of someone who has bled for this team. Your loyalty proves to me now that you will leave AZ.
— Dustin Rayhorn (@DeeRay2005) June 19, 2017