Good players do not come without a price, but Shane Doan joked it would have been nice if the Coyotes could have landed Daymond Langkow, his roommate a decade ago, "for nothing."

Langkow is possibly the final piece of the puzzle for the Coyotes, who are less than three weeks from their first preseason game. Doan has high praise for the veteran center, obtained by the Coyotes in a trade that sent winger Lee Stempniak to Calgary.

Doan believes Langkow can help propel the team to its third consecutive playoff berth.

"I think obviously looking at our lineup, we needed a centerman, and to get somebody like Lanks, we're so excited. I personally am good friends with Daymond and very excited, but it's so hard trading somebody."

Conversely, Doan was emotional discussing the exit of a teammate who was instrumental in the Coyotes' playoff runs.

"You wish you can get him (Langkow) for nothing, but you don't get somebody of Langkow's caliber for nothing. Calgary really likes Stemper, so that's how it worked out.

"It's really too bad that we lost Lee. As much as I'm excited for Daymond, and I am very, very excited, I really wish that we didn't have to give up a guy like Lee Stempniak."