The Red Wings went through the great battle for the top two free agents this offseason, coming up short.

Now, they hope that local politics in Arizona turn in their favor.

If the Red Wings want to sign Shane Doan, the 35-year-old forward and captain of the Coyotes, he must decide he wants to leave.

As the long-running battle over who will own the Coyotes and the role of the municipal government in the process continues, Doan's judgment will be based in large part on deciphering Arizona law on ballot initiatives, including how many signatures are needed and by what deadline.