Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/06/10 at 01:00 AM ET
An interesting day awaits Wing fans on Tuesday. Much of our time will be spent remembering Bob Probert, while a smaller bit of our attention will be devoted toward wondering if Mike Modano’s final season will be played wearing the Winged Wheel.
It’s starting to look like it’s much more than an “if”, though. He’s taking a trip “home” tomorrow to meet with Wing execs, because I guess at age 40 discussions of salary and systems can’t be done over the phone, eh?
Mike Heika/Dallas Morning News
“It’s such an intriguing place,’’ he said of Detroit. “They want to win and they can win now. They have great players and a great system. They believe they can find a way for me to fit in. It’s flattering that they think I could help them, and I really want to see if that’s possible.’‘
Don’t stop there. Tim Cowlishaw, also of the DMN, seems convinced it’s a given.
I think Modano’s better served by finishing his career elsewhere, even if that means coming to town as a visitor in Red Wing red for the home opener.
I realize that’s painful to think about. Consider the number of Detroit fans that show up for Wings-Stars games in the best of times here at American Airlines Center . Put Modano on the other side, and Wings coach Mike Babcock might as well get final say on line changes.
I’ve been wrong, twice I think, in the last four years. So here goes again…he signs tomorrow. If not then, it’s only because the Wings are classy enough to delay it a day or two out of respect to Probie and his family.
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