SportsNet- Terry Bross discussed Arizona’s decision to not bring Doan back for the 2017-18 season Monday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Prime Time Sports.
“I was surprised at the way it happened and, frankly, I think it could have been handled a little better,” Bross said. “But it’s the nature of the beast, it’s the nature of the business that changes, ownership changes and organizations change, they go young, they get old and things change.”
“I think it should have been a little more than that after 22 years with the Jets/Coyotes,” Bross said.
“I understand that it was an uncomfortable thing to do and that comes with being a GM or a president of an organization those are the uncomfortable conversations that you have.
“But I think that his body of work over the years and what he means to the city and what he’s done for this organization merited more than a quick conversation in a public restaurant.”
In public? IN PUBLIC!?! The Arizona Coyotes ended their relationship with their much more eligible captain in a goddamn restaurant? A marriage that lasted nearly two decades longer than any marriage to a completely defunct organization that is incapable of running itself properly and locating itself conveniently had it's conclusion interrupted by the waitress taking drink orders?! I know that business is business and that (luckily for him) Shane Doan wasn't going to be playing in the desert forever, but handling that business in a place of business thus making it other people's business is unquestionably bad business. The Coyotes treated the dismissal of the most respected, accomplished, and loyal player in their franchise's history in the same fashion that a teenager treats the dumping of his hormonal girlfriend of three weeks. They basically tried to shame him into a subdued reaction by doing it in front of strangers.
Now, I know the Coyotes' front office likely rented out a private room in a nice restaurant to soften the blow of the bad news, but the beauty of being given a lack of details is that you can basically make them up yourself. That's why I picture the man who just gained sole ownership of the team a week ago dismissing the long-time leader of said team under the backdrop of a bunch of haphazardly hung trinkets as half price apps were arriving at the table. Somehow that seems much more fitting of an organization whose successful "steps" at avoiding relocation have been about as calculated as those of a belligerently drunk buffoon magically stumbling through traffic like 'Frogger' on the freeway.
Oh well, at least Shane Doan can be the first person in history to take the "it's not you, it's me" excuse at face value...