It is no secret that Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan's window is closing, and closing quickly. This very well could be his last season in the NHL.
At 40 years of age, and with an expiring contract, you have to wonder if Doan is going to give himself one last shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
The Coyotes are all but officially out of the playoffs. Doan has a no-movement clause and a cap hit of $3.876 million with close to a million more dollars to earn in playoff bonuses.
He has control of his future.
Doan can choose to retire as a Coyote with no Stanley Cup under his belt, or he can choose to waive his NMC and have a shot with a playoff team.
While this trade deadline is somewhat mellow, with Arizona and Colorado the hot markets right now for buying and selling, Doan could have a shot with a team seeking a veteran top-six winger.
Teams like the Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks are showing interest in the Coyotes organization. The focus has been aimed more at players like Martin Hanzal, but a player like Doan, whom the Sharks have inquired about in the past, with a nearly closed window, would be a perfect candidate for a trade by the March 1 deadline.
While the likelihood of him actually leaving and uprooting his family is slim, a dark horse situation could present itself.
"As of now, he's happy to be a Coyote, and we're certainly happy to have him, and he's not planning on leaving anytime soon," Coyotes GM John Chayka told Arizona Sports 98.7FM. "But, at the same time, we're not trending toward the playoffs and, if there's a perfect spot that comes up, then maybe he'd be open to considering it."
In 50 games with the Coyotes so far this season, Doan has accumulated four goals and 12 assists for 16 points.