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Doan not worried about free-agent status, excited about Coyotes' signings

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

Two days into free agency and Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan is still without a contract for next season, but don't expect the 39-year-old to be donning a different jersey any time soon.

"I'm not worried," said Doan of his current contract status, per Sarah McLellan of Azcentralsports. "You understand they're trying to put the team together and get it all in place and do what they need to do. I obviously want to get a contract that I think is fair to me, too. It is what it is."

The two sides are working towards a one-year contract according to McLellan, and though Doan's agent Terry Bross admitted three teams were "pushing hard" to sign his client, the veteran forward remains focused on his future in the desert.

"It was nice to know that there are other people interested and value you, I guess," Doan said. "At the same time, I've kind of made the bed and I want to make sure everything works out here as much as I can.

"It was clear that my goal is to stay in Arizona at this point."

Despite being unsigned, Doan was involved in the team's recruitment of defenseman Alex Goligoski - who signed a five-year, $27.375 million contract in June - which the captain called "huge" for the team. He also expressed his excitement for new additions Jamie McGinn and Ryan White.

Doan may not have a contract yet, but all signs are pointing to a new deal for the franchise leader in games played, goals, and points in the coming weeks.

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