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Stars Moving on Without Modano

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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mrfluffy's avatar

Kenny Holland. Paging Kenny Holland.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 06/29/10 at 06:18 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

I’m not sure what the strangest part of all of this is…the idea of the Stars being without Mike Modano, or reading “general manager Joe Nieuwendyk.”

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 06/29/10 at 08:33 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Modano would be a nice addition, but the wings need a veteran defenseman on the third pairing more than they need another forward, and the cap is only going to allow for one of those moves to happen.  Abdelkader centering the third line is a safer play than having Kindl or Meech play everyday as our 6th defenseman, especially since the wings have enough depth at center to juggle the lines if Abdelkader struggles.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 06/29/10 at 08:34 PM ET

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