New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – In his first official visit as a free agent, forward Shane Doan met with New York Rangers officials Friday to explore his future under the bright lights of Broadway.
The Rangers are one of the 16 teams interested in acquiring his services but have never offered a contract for the Phoenix Coyotes captain.
Six teams — Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins — have reportedly made contract offers to Doan. One of them dangled a four-year, $30 million deal to Doan.
Aside from meeting Rangers officials, Doan is scheduled to participate in the collective bargaining negotiations between the owners and players in the Big Apple.
In an interview, Doan said he will make a decision on where he’ll play next season “as soon as he can.”
Earlier, Doan has expressed his desire to remain with the Coyotes if the franchise is committed to staying in Phoenix.
Doan was drafted in 1995 by the then Winnipeg Jets before the franchise transferred to Phoenix and became the Coyotes.
Doan has scored more than 50 points in 11 of his past 12 seasons. He had 22 goals and 28 assists last season with the Coyotes.
After agreeing to a five-year, $22.75 million contract extension with the Coyotes on February 14, 2007, Doan responded with his best campaign when he led Phoenix in scoring in 2007-08 with 28 goals and a career-high 50 assists.
In 2008-09, Doan was selected to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game and won the inaugural Elimination Shootout segment of the Skills Competition, outlasting Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins in the seventh round.
He completed that season with his second straight 70-point season and a career-high 31 goals.