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by Paul on 07/20/10 at 09:15 PM ET
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Modano said there still are times when he has doubt, and he needs to make sure that’s not there. Modano said he and representatives from Octagon Sports have had conversations with management from Minnesota and San Jose , but that they have not set up any visits or meetings with the Wild or Sharks. He said he has had a ton of conversations with Detroit, and that coach Mike Babcock has been very persuasive. Babcock told nhl.com last week that he felt Modano would indeed play in Detroit, where he was born and grew up….
Modano said Babcock has been just as energetic in person, and he said that’s a great feeling. Babcock might just be the most respected coach in the NHL right now. He led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics, and for him to say he believes Modano can be an important part of a very good Red Wings team is intoxicating.
“Definitely,” Modano said. “He’s a great coach, and he’s very serious about making this work. That’s one of the reasons I am taking this seriously. I know what will be expected, and I want to make sure I can do it.”
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