The Toronto Maple Leafs employed Shane Doan to their entrance workplace, the crew introduced Friday. Right here’s what you’ll want to know:
- Doan was most not too long ago the Arizona Coyotes’ chief hockey growth officer earlier than agreeing to turn into a particular adviser to Leafs normal supervisor Brad Treliving.
- Doan performed 21 seasons within the NHL, all with the Coyotes (together with once they have been previously the Winnipeg Jets). Over 1,540 profession video games, the ahead totaled 402 targets and 570 assists.
- Doan retired as a participant in August 2017 and joined the Coyotes’ entrance workplace in January 2021 earlier than saying he would take a step again earlier than this season.
- The Maple Leafs employed Treliving (who most not too long ago was the Calgary Flames’ GM) on Could 31 to switch Kyle Dubas. Treliving had beforehand been assistant normal supervisor with the Phoenix Coyotes from 2007-08 via 2013-14.
We’ve employed Shane Doan to function Particular Advisor to the Common Supervisor
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 9, 2023
The Athletic’s prompt evaluation:
What does Doan becoming a member of the Leafs imply for an Auston Matthews’ extension?
Matthews’ no-movement clause kicks in on July 1, which can be when the Leafs can signal him to an extension. It’s straightforward to attach the dots between what the addition of Doan — one among Matthews’ favourite gamers rising up in Arizona — means for the potential for re-signing one of many biggest Leafs of all time.
“(Matthews) has the appropriate as a participant to undergo (contract negotiations). And I believe each single group does that once they have an elite participant and it’s no totally different with him, whether or not or not I’ll be concerned in serving to (Treliving) and serving to the group in any approach attainable. And if I may also help in that space, I’ll assist,” Doan stated. “However on the identical time, that’ll be his determination, and I’m excited concerning the alternative to work with him for the following little bit.”
Nonetheless, a notable takeaway from Doan’s temporary availability on Friday afternoon was how necessary he views relationship-building as a significant aspect of his expertise and his present job. Doan stated he desires to be an NHL GM sooner or later, and bringing the expertise of getting communicated with a era of gamers undoubtedly made him a lovely rent to Treliving.
“I’m comfy with my relationships with gamers and being able to attach with them. For no matter motive, I loved the dressing room and being within the dressing room and serving to guys,” Doan stated.
And so it’s equally straightforward to attach the dots once more: will Doan be capable to fortify his relationship with Matthews and will that be a part of an effort to persuade the Leafs star to re-sign in Toronto?
Doan was clear that he appreciates “the flexibility to attach with folks, serving to folks and (placing) them in the perfect scenario attainable for them to achieve success. I believe that’s what (a) crew is all about. I believe that the management is form of all about us discovering a solution to make everyone higher.” — Kloke
Doan was the final lively NHL participant from the unique Winnipeg Jets crew, which chosen him with the No. 7 decide within the 1995 NHL Draft. After the 1996-97 season, the Jets relocated to Arizona and have become the Phoenix Coyotes, identified right now because the Arizona Coyotes. In 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers have been offered to True North Sports activities and Leisure, which moved the crew to Winnipeg and took on the town’s former franchise title, the Jets.
With the Coyotes, Doan served as captain for his ultimate 13 seasons, retiring because the NHL’s longest-tenured captain. He referred to as it a profession in 2017, after the Coyotes determined to not provide the 40-year-old a brand new contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Coyotes retired Doan’s No. 19 jersey on Feb. 24, 2019, once they hosted the Winnipeg Jets. Doan grew to become the primary Coyotes participant to have his jersey retired on the Coyotes’ dwelling area.
Doan represents the primary main rent of the Treliving period in Toronto. Leafs celebrity Matthews as soon as referred to Doan as his “childhood idol.” Matthews is at the moment slated to be an unrestricted free agent subsequent offseason, however can signal a contract extension as quickly as this summer season.
(Picture of Shane Doan, proper, with son Josh Doan: Christian Petersen / Getty Photographs)