A brief five days after Shane Doan became a prized free agent, the longtime Coyotes captain contemplated leaving the game.

I'm done, he told himself.

I'm never playing again.

As soon as the Coyotes weren't able to renegotiate a contract and subsequently lost Doan's rights on July 1, other teams expressed interest.

Phone calls, pitches and visits ensued. Once the frenzy quieted, more than half of the league — 16 teams — reached out to Doan's camp. Six drew up formal offers.

Doan was wanted, and he had options of superstar money, stability and Stanley Cup potential.

But he considered discarding all those possibilities and ending his career for what matters more than hockey — his family.