Longtime captain Shane Doan will not be returning to the Arizona Coyotes even if he is not selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in Wednesday's expansion draft.
Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway announced in a statement on Monday that the team will not offer a contract to the 40-year-old Doan, who was told over the weekend that he is no longer part of the team's plans.
"The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future," Barroway said. "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."
Doan, who has given no clear indication of whether he plans to continue playing, has been with the team for all of his 21 seasons in the NHL dating to when the franchise was still based in Winnipeg.
Doan is the franchise leader in a number of categories, including games played (1,540), goals (402), assists (570) and points (972).
He is coming off his least productive season since 1998-99, managing only six goals and 21 assists in 74 games. That ended a streak of 16 straight seasons with double-digit tallies.
Doan has scored at least 20 goals on 13 occasions, including a streak of nine consecutive seasons, and reached 30 goals twice.
"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank Shane for everything he's done for the Coyotes on and off the ice the past 21 years," Barroway said. "Shane is a Valley icon who had an incredible career and was one of the best captains to ever play in the NHL."