With about 10 minutes left until the trade deadline, Shane Doan met with reporters in the visitors locker room in KeyBank Center. He didn't want to leave the Arizona Coyotes, the only organization he's called home in his 21-year NHL career.
But then again, he would have considered going to a contender, a team that could take him deep into the playoffs, maybe even to the Stanley Cup Final.
Doan smiled and said there's "not a big market for a 40-year-old, fourth liner who only wants to go to a contender" as he team was in Buffalo to prepare to play the Sabres on Thursday night.
There was speculation around Doan as the Coyotes, the team with the worst record in the NHL and a playoff drought that will reach five years, were considered sellers as the NHL reached its trade deadline on Wednesday.
"I don’t think disappointment is the right word," Doan said when asked about not being dealt on Wednesday. "It’s one of those things I said would have to be the perfect situation for both sides, for everybody and that’s hard to find."
The list of teams he would consider going to was very small. "And they’ve got good players on those teams," Doan said.
Through the frustration of missing the playoffs and getting out of the first round only once (losing in the third round in 2012) Doan remains a big fan of the Coyotes organization which drafted him seventh overall in 1995 when the franchise was still in Winnipeg.
"I am a huge, huge fan of a whole lot of our young guys," said Doan who has played 1,528 games for the Coyotes organization with 965 points. "I think our young guys have grown, not just in their play but the way they handle themselves and the way that they act off the ice. I think that they all can continue to grow. Yeah, I’m really excited.
"That being said, it always seems to be a little ways away. It’s hard to be a fan of that and it’s hard on the players that are here that are playing. But at the same time you’re looking toward the future and what’s going to happen. I think you have to be excited about the young guys."
While other veterans have been dealt at the trade deadline, Doan understands his position and still feels attached to the Coyotes despite the hardships.
"Forty is probably not the best time to think about hoping to contribute for somebody," Doan said. "But at the same time I look at the fact that I’ve been given the opportunity that not a lot of people are given – to play the whole 21-years with one organization. I think after a while you start to feel responsible for the organization and you want to do what you can to help. ... Never actually got the job done on what you’re supposed to get done. You feel like you have to. It’s hard to win it. You have to be in the right spot at the right time with the right players around you and few guys can predict what will happen."