Shane Doan Re-Signs With Phoenix Coyotes (Eat Crow, Dan Bickley)
UPDATE: As called, Bickley strokes "man who stands for values rarely seen in sports."
The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that captain Shane Doan signed a four-year deal with the team.
Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney says in a statement that the priority was to keep Doan -- the last original Coyote on the team -- in Phoenix until his retirement.
Doan was reportedly targeted by about half of the NHL teams this summer, as he became a free agent after the Coyotes were knocked out in the conference finals by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.
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It was never really clear what the chances were of re-signing one of Phoenix's very few sports superstars, especially since the deal to sell the team still hasn't been set in stone.
We do know a couple things now, though -- Doan's staying here, and the Arizona Republic's sports columnist, Dan Bickley, may now eat crow.
Usually, Bickley's just a minor annoyance, like when he complains about how awful Phoenix sports fans are.
Then there was this.
It's not really clear what the point of that was -- most of the column is about baseball and basketball -- but it seemed to be that Phoenix was just too shitty for a guy like Shane Doan, and Bickley just begged him to leave.
"This is your last contract, and greener pastures beckon," Bickley wrote, presumably copy-and-pasted from his secret diary. "Go if you must, even if it means returning in a Red Wings sweater. We'll understand. Of all people, you deserve better."
Hah. Good one, Bickley.
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