GLENDALE, Ariz. — For the past 10 years, Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal have been friends, teammates, admirers of each other on the ice and the scourge of card games on the Arizona Coyotes team plane.
A decade of good times on and off the ice came to an end just before the Coyotes game with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Hanzal was traded along with Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild for three future draft picks to help the rebuilding Coyotes.
Before he left Sunday, Hanzal said his toughest goodbye was with Doan, with whom he has played all of his 608 NHL games. Doan nearly choked up during a first intermission television interview when asked about the trade. Arizona’s come-from-behind 3-2 win against the Sabres didn’t make things much easier.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve said he was our most important forward,” Doan said. “For 10 years, being able to play with him and see everything he does … I sure appreciated it.
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