Returning for year No. 21: Arizona Coyotes re-sign captain Shane Doan

Posted at 3:08 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 18:08:06-04

The Arizona Coyotes signed captain Shane Doan to a one-year contract with a base salary of $2.5 million on Tuesday.

The total deal will be around $5 million with a deferred signing bonus and deferred incentives for the NHL's longest-tenured captain.

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"We are thrilled to have Shane back for another year," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "No one has done more for this franchise than Shane. He's one of the best captains in the NHL and we are lucky to have him."

The 39-year-old Doan is coming off one of his best seasons, leading Arizona with 28 goals and finishing with 19 assists in 72 games. He has spent his entire 20-year career with the franchise, starting when it was in Winnipeg in 1995, and is its all-time leader in goals (296), points (945) and games (1,466).

Doan had previously signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract that expired at the start of free agency this month and had been debating whether to continue playing.

The Coyotes had a disappointing 2015-16 season and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year, but have a strong core of young players, led by Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, who are entering their second NHL seasons.

"I'm happy to sign for another year," Doan said. "I'm very excited about the players we added this summer and all of the talent we have on our roster. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season."

Doan was drafted by the Coyotes with the seventh overall pick of the 1995 draft and was named captain in 2003.