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New Era In Phoenix, Long time Captain Traded! Written by Gerv - March 7th, 2009

Captain Shane Doan and Brent Seabrook above now heading to Carolina Hurricanes while below David Booth and Keith Carney will now wear Coyotes colors.

Phoenix, Arizona -- Shane Doan will always be remembered as a model of consistency in Phoenix. The man was everything to the club and was well liked by everyone in the room.

Doan played parts of 5 season in Phoenix dressing into 373 games scoring 138 goals and adding 311 points while being a leader on and off the ice. He was someone who gave is all and played with passion. He also put up a whopping 200 + hits per season.

The Era is not completed. The man who wished to remain a Coyote till he retired as been moved to a contending team along with young defenseman Brent Seabrook going to the leading Southeast Carolina Hurricanes.

"I was shocked, I mean I stated from day one that I wanted to remain a Yote for life. Larouche approached me late Thursday night letting my agent and I that we could be traded to a contender and if we would welcome the idea. Although it was a shock, I was very impressed with how everything was handled. The Coyotes showed me class and they will be in good shape with Larouche and Martin running the show. They have a lot of potential and I think the team will fair well soon enough. In going to Carolina, I am now going to a team with many veterans and feel I can now concentrate on playing and seems that this team will force to deal with in the playoffs. According to Erik, we are going for the cup and nothing else." Doan stated from the airport in the early Saturday am along side Seabrook.

The Coyotes who are looking to do the same as previous years and could fail to make the playoffs with a team struggling to score goals acquired a young player who they were after since the Larouche regime to over the club. The addition of another young forward in David Booth could assure the club with some great looking future scoring with Paul Stastny, Jordan Staal and Dustin Brown.

The club also added veteran defenseman Keith Carney to an already stable defense which will welcome another great leader in the room. According to many, the deal breaker was that with the emergence of Luke Schenn in the farm system they could afford to let Seabrook move on. But Larouche also secured two draft picks in the next two years with Carolina's first round pick in 2009 and San Jose's first round pick in 2010.

"We felt that this was the right move. I felt that Shane deserved a chance at winning a cup. He as been nothing but a constant class act for this organization and was a great mentor and leader for the young kids in this organization. We wish him the best and truly hope for him to do well in Carolina. I felt it was time to make the next step and make room for our younger players from within. Booth was a player I always wanted and finally was able to acquire him. Was it a steep price, yes it was but we felt it was the right moved. Look at the kids stats. He put up 22 points in his first 22 games in the CMHL two years ago, followed with 76 points last season and already as 55 points this season. This is step one in trying to achieve some balance upfront. As you can see when you looking at the league stats we are 25th in scoring and we need to improve that if we are going to make a run at the playoffs. Our young players have faired well but let's remember that some of them are in their first year and it takes sometime to get going. As a team we are not done and with a few weeks to go before the deadline more changes are on the way. We are currently 4th in goals against and Fleury as been Mr. Consistent along with our defense." is what the gm had to say about the club and the trade.

With the club in full youth mode, the club is expected to move many veterans such as newly acquired Jovanovski and Carney. Brian Rafalski, Kyle McLaren and Alex Tanguay who are the veterans on the club could also be on new clubs by deadline day. With some rumors popping up stating that some young players could also be moved like Kyle Turris, Angelo Esposito, Patrice Bergeron and some possible draft choices.

The club is not far from being able to make a chase for a playoff spot but Larouche hit it right on the nail that this team needs to add some scoring dept in order to compete.

So we shall see what happens and keep you up to date with the next few weeks of activity before Deadline day.

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