Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Tony on 06/29/10 at 04:19 PM ET
From the Associated Press:
If Mike Modano plays a 21st season in the NHL, it won’t be with the Dallas Stars.
The face of the franchise that proved hockey could thrive in the South will not be offered a contract by the Stars when free agency opens Thursday. That difficult decision had to be made by Modano’s teammate-turned-boss, Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk.
They won a Stanley Cup together 11 years ago — the only title in franchise history — but the Stars have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since moving from Minnesota in 1993. Nieuwendyk said the team needs to make room for younger players in trying to rebuild, and has too many players who need ice time at center.
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