He writes of Doan, "Your allegiance is a blessing and a curse, so we'll make this real easy on you: This is your last contract, and greener pastures beckon. Go if you must, even if it means returning in a Red Wings sweater."
On leaving Phoenix, Doan's agent said “Don’t think it’s lost on him that it’s going to have an impact in more ways than on the ice if he leaves. That’s why we’re dragging our feet on this.”
Doan reportedly has interest from around half of the league.