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Doan would prefer to remain with Coyotes

| Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
According to his agent, Coyotes forward Shane Doan (center) would prefer to remain in Phoenix. AP

Don't print those Shane Doan Penguins sweaters just yet.

The free agent is aware of the Penguins' interest but, according to his agent, becoming Sidney Crosby's right wing is not imminent.

In fact, it sounds unlikely.

A return to Phoenix is clearly Doan's preference. The Coyotes, currently controlled by the NHL, are in the midst of an unstable financial situation, which is the only thing holding up Doan's return to Phoenix.

“We are still hoping this thing in Phoenix is going to work out,” Doan's agent, Terry Bross, told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday.

And if Doan decides that returning to the Coyotes is simply impossible, it's hardly a lock that he will choose the Penguins. Bross confirmed that the Penguins have made an offer, but they are hardly the only team interested.

“It would be premature to say Pittsburgh is definitely a possibility,” Bross said. “We plan to narrow it down to four to six teams by this weekend.”

Doan is 35, and the Penguins rarely make lengthy contract offers to players that age. However, to attain his services, a long-term deal seems paramount.

Asked if playing with Crosby in Pittsburgh could sway Doan to accept a short-term deal, Bross said, “I don't see that happening.”

If the Penguins want Doan, they'll likely have to offer a contract of at least three years.

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jyohe@tribweb.com.

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