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Arizona Coyotes moving on from long-time captain Shane Doan

GLENDALE, ARIZ.—Shane Doan was showered with tributes and applause following the final game of the 2016-17 season, the big send-off coming just in case the Arizona Coyotes captain decided to retire.Doan still hasn’t decided if he will retire, but he won’t play for the Coyotes if he does come back.The Coyotes issued a statement Monday saying the team will not offer Doan a contract, ending a 21-year relationship that began before the franchise moved to the Valley of the Sun.Read more:NHL’s Vegas entry needs to be bad to be good: CoxArticle Continued BelowLupul might be Vegas-bound LeafVegas Golden Knights hold cards as NHL expansion draft looms“The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future,” Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said in the statement. “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.”

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