It would be pretty easy to talk about this devastating blow like it's microcosm of not only the Arizona Coyotes season, but their franchise as a whole. Constantly battling unusual circumstances, never know where they are headed next, can't get out of their own way, and - most importantly - always struggling with ownership issues.
Seriously, I would have loved to be the devil on Shane Doan's shoulder as he skated through the tunnel after getting knocked back into the locker room by an 18 year old in warm-ups. There's not a doubt in my mind that he was cursing the entire existence of teenagers as he did. It doesn't even matter that the collision in question was the result of the savviest of veterans sneaking around the corner, blindly looking back for a loose puck while skating into oncoming traffic, and essentially giving himself a buddy-pass. The pain in his shoulder was easily enough to make a grown man blame someone who is less than half his age. We have reached a point in his career where Shane Doan could have easily fathered the rookies on the Coyotes' roster if he was a little careless during his college years. There is nothing that dads are more prone to doing than instinctively chastising their children for mental mistakes that they know they are too experienced to make on their own, and therefore too embarrassed to immediately accept responsibility for.
There's no question Shane Doan calmed down the time he talked to his coaches/trainers and found some PG way to say "shit happens". I'm sure he - metaphorically speaking, of course - helped the wide-eyed kid that cleaned his clock dry his pants by making him feel better about an incident that left the face/pride of the franchise temporarily sidelined. He's too good of a leader not to.
In the moment though? There's not a damn thing that Shane Doan wasn't ready to claim was the fault of the next generation. When he was getting that frustration out of his system the things he was muttering about Jakob Chychrun would probably make you think that the young defenseman swerved ever so slightly into his lane while Snapchatting - even though that rear-ending was simply a product of the 'Yotes captain wheeling recklessly.