To be clear, the post I wrote previous to this one on why Doan should leave is my real opinion on the matter. He should skip town.
But I did get a few responses which brought up a some decent counterpoints (particularly @MichelaRicci‘s) that I agree make the decision a lot more difficult than it appears to dudes like me.
Recently we saw Zach Parise leave New Jersey for Minnesota, which is where he’s originally from, and still considers home. He had the same opportunities Doan has – pick your team, you’re getting paid either way – and chose Minneapolis because that’s where he wants to set down roots. Platinum-encrusted, gold-plated roots.
Well, Shane Doan has his roots down about 20 miles here, and they’re gonna need a sizeable excavator to dig them up.
Below is a video that shows Doan’s “Ice Barns,” where he’s set up quite the operation in the desert:
Wouldn’t exactly be the same coming home to an apartment in New York City, I’m guessing.
Doan’s an Albertan-born cowboy at heart, and as he says in the video, it’s nice to be able to get up on a horse and just ride, and forget about the troubles of the day (like who to accept many million dollars from). If lifestyle is important to him, well, he’s got exactly what he wants here.
Another point I made is that the Coyotes aren’t contenders for the Stanley Cup. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Kings snuck into playoffs as an 8-seed and won it all this season, and with the insane amount of parity in the NHL, anyone can win. If you think the Coyotes are one of the League’s 10, 15 best teams (and I don’t, but Doan might), there’s always hope.
Then there’s the ownership situation – when the NHL and Glendale recently extended the arena lease another 31 days, a glimmer of hope appeared. That made a few people believe that a deal isn’t far off, and with some creative financing, or the NHL dropping it’s price, or an infusion of money, a deal could get done.
If that happens, then suddenly the ownership situation is stable, Doan could get a new deal (and thereby more horses), and things would be just tickity-boo.
More Than Winning
I talked in my previous post about Steve Nash leaving the Suns to go to the Lakers – it’s worth mentioning that Suns are going to be awful next year, so leaving the team was no-doubter. He obviously wanted to choose a good team, but he also chose the Lakers to stay close to his kids in Phoenix. People have more off-ice motivations than we tend to consider. Maybe Doan has a mistress here he really likes or something?
…Okay no, but the point remains the same.
There’s something to be said about being synonymous with one franchise – it was painful to watch Mats Sundin as a Canuck, and frankly, it wasn’t that great seeing Ray Bourque play for the Avs up ’til the whole winning the Cup thing. Usually it just feels…wrong.
We know Doan has high moral standards, so you know it’s important to him that people think of him as the good guy that he is. He’d be beloved by the Coyotes fanbase as much or more than any other player with any other franchise for not turning his back on the team when times were tough, and maybe that’s something he values more than other players.
On the surface, we see a guy with the chance to make more money and have a better chance to win and think, “Geez, dude is off his rocker if he doesn’t leave,” but it’s not all that ridiculous….just kinda ridiculous. I still do think the reasons he should leave outweigh the reasons he should stay.
The only thing we really know is that Doan’s got a lot of options, and whichever one he chooses will tell us a lot about where his priorities lie.