Coyotes' Doan 'probably' leaning toward returning next season

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Shane Doan appears to be leaning toward playing in 2016-17.

"Yeah, I probably would be," the Arizona Coyotes captain told "Burns & Gambo" on local radio station Arizona Sports 98.7 on Wednesday.

Doan said he's already talked to his family about his future and a collective decision will come at season's end.

"It's going to be a decision that I make personally, but at the same time, I'm very aware that my kids are getting older and my wife's been supporting me for a long time ... I'm cognizant of all that and I don't want to take that lightly."

The 39-year-old said the Coyotes haven't yet approached him about a contract for next season, but there's been no animosity between them.

"They've just been respectful in the way that they're saying that if it works for me to come back, then we'll talk then, and if it doesn't, they'll be supportive of whatever."

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in December that Doan is welcome to stay with the club "as long as he wants to."

Doan has spent his entire 20-year career with the Coyotes franchise after being drafted seventh overall by the original Winnipeg Jets in 1995.

He has 25 goals and 43 points in 64 games this season.