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Doan’s agent says July 16 deadline is “off the table”

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GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 21: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates with teammates after Doan scored a third period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the preseason NHL game at Arena on September 21, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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First, Shane Doan’s deadline to listen to contract offers was July 9.

Then, it was July 16.

And now?

It’s simple -- there is no deadline.

“There is no relevance to the July 16th date for us,” Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, told USA Today. “That’s off the table.”

A handful of teams have already presented formal offers to the Coyotes’ 35-year-old captain and unrestricted free agent. Three of those teams are reportedly the Kings, Sharks and Canucks.

Of course, Doan’s first choice has always been to stay put, and Glendale’s dismissal of two voter initiatives that could’ve scuttled the sale of the club to Greg Jamison may convince him to sign with the Coyotes.

However, at this point, it’s unlikely anyone can give Doan a guarantee the Coyotes will be in the desert for the rest of his career. And given he doesn’t want to sign a one-year deal to kick the can down the road until next summer, well, he’s got a tough decision to make.