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Ranking the Top 10 American players

From NHL.com's Brian Compton:

The United States of America is celebrating its 240th birthday Monday. Citizens will spend the day celebrating their freedom with friends and family.

Keeping in the holiday spirit, NHL.com looks at the top 10 American NHL players of all-time:

1. Mike Modano, C -- Arguably the best U.S.-born player in the NHL history, Modano spent two decades with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise and led it to the Stanley Cup in 1999. Modano played 1,499 regular-season games, and his 561 goals and 1,374 points are more than any player born in the U.S. He also had 58 goals and 146 points in 176 Stanley Cup Playoffs games. Modano was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.

2. Brian Leetch, D -- Leetch broke into the NHL with the Rangers late in the 1987-88 season and won the Calder Trophy in 1988-89 with 23 goals and 48 assists in 68 games. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy and helped the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years in 1994 and remained in New York for another 10 seasons. Leetch finished his career with stops with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. In 1,205 regular-season games he had 247 goals and 781 assists. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Video- Mike Modano And Price Albert, Saskatchewan

A Hometown Hockey feature via Sportsnet,

As an American player from Michigan, Mike Modano knew nothing about Prince Albert, yet he fell in love with the city as soon as he got there to start his junior career with the Raiders. From hockey, to school, to his part-time job at a lumberyard, his time in Prince Albert helped shape the player and person he became.

 

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Mike Modano- From Goal Scorer To Complete Player Now To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Modano went from being a player looking for space to one willing to fight for that space, Hitchcock said.

"I saw that evolution," he said.

It was not an easy transformation. Modano recalled having the conversations with Hitchcock and his coaching staff -- including defensive genius Doug Jarvis, Rick Wilson and perhaps the greatest defensive player of all time in Bob Gainey, who at the time was the Stars' GM.

Maybe "conversation" isn't the right term. Maybe "browbeating sessions" would be more accurate. What they were saying to Modano seemed counterintuitive to how he'd played his whole career, his whole raison d'etre, if you will.

"Bob and I talked about this until we were blue in the face," Modano said. "He would say, 'Mike, you can't play the way you're playing and expect to win and be consistent and be what we want you to be,' I really was unsure of what he was saying."

Finally, though, it wasn't so much of an epiphany as a beatdown that led to Modano's buying in.

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Getting ready for Hockey Hall of Fame selection day

The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran penned a fine summary of today's events surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class...

When the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday afternoon (TSN, 3 p.m.), it could be the first time in history that no Canadian player is on the list.

There are some obvious first-time candidates — stars who haven’t played pro in three seasons — who should be shoo-ins: American forward Mike Modano, Czech goalie Dominik Hasek and Swedish centre Peter Forsberg.

There are Canadians worthy of consideration for the first time — defenceman Adam Foote and winger Mark Recchi — and many who have been eligible before but didn’t make it: Eric Lindros, Paul Henderson, Rob Blake, Theoren Fleury, Paul Kariya and Dave Andreychuk.

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At most, the hall can induct four retired male players and two females. Coaches, general managers and owners can also enter as builders. There is no limit, but it’s typically one a year.

And while McGran continues with a, "What shall we do if there are no Canadians are inducted? Is that bad for Canada" theory, the Glibe and Mail's James Mirtle suggests that the Hall's Selection Committee (whose machinations remain secret) should induct Forsberg's long-time competitor for the "most dominant forward of the late 90's" award in Eric Lindros:

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Simmons: it’s time for Sergei Makarov to join the Hockey Hall of Fame’s ranks

On June 24th, the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee will name its inductees for 2014, and as the process is a secretive one, we know its parameters and the men who represent the Hockey Hall of Fame, but we don't know how exactly one player of builder makes the cut and another does not in any particular year.

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons believes that the selection committee needs to make amends for a long-standing omission amongst this year's shoo-ins:

At one time, in the early 1980s, they were considered the two most gifted and offensive explosive players in hockey. Wayne Gretzky won 10 scoring titles in the National Hockey League. Sergei Makarov won nine scoring titles in Russia, before he arrived in the NHL.

Gretzky had his Hall of Fame induction fast-tracked. Makarov is still waiting to hear his name called.

On June 23, the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be announced and the slam dunk this year is Dominik Hasek, as he should be. Joining him likely will be Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano and there’s really no argument with either of those. But somehow, Makarov’s candidacy appears to have been lost in time.

He was twice a world junior champion, 10 times a world champion, a winner of two Olympic gold medals and one silver. At the largest events, the Olympics and Canada Cups, he scored 59 points in 44 games:

Makarov came to the NHL late, won the rookie of the year award at 31, scored 292 points in 297 games in Calgary, ended his career quietly in San Jose and Dallas. Those who rule him out as Hall of Fame material because of his final NHL seasons, haven’t made enough attention to the final seasons of many already enshrined.

Makarov’s centre, Igor Larionov is already in the Hall, which is as much about NHL politics as it about truth. Makarov was the better player. It is overdue for him to be acknowledged for his wonderful career.

Simmons continues with his usual collection of hockey and sports-related observations--and Igor Larionov is now on the selection committe, for what it's worth..

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Videos- Mike Modano’s Night In Dallas

First up is the actual banner raising, which is about 2 1/2 minutes long, then below, the full ceremony which is a little over an hour long.

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Mike Modano’s #9 raised to the rafters…In Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Dallas Stars legend and one-season Red Wing Mike Modano was born and raised in Metropolitan Detroit, but he chose to play Major Junior hockey when he was 16, and his performance with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders earned him that 1st overall seleciton back in 1989. The Prince Albert Herald's Andrew Schopp reports that Modano returned to Saskatchewan to have his number retired by the Raiders on Friday:

It's been 24 years since Mike Modano left the Prince Albert Raiders and the WHL behind to join the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL, but he still knows his way around town.

"It's been a long time," said Modano of his last time in Prince Albert. "A few things have changed here and there, but I still figured out my way around with the rental car."

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Prince Albert Raiders to retire Mike Modano’s #9

The Dallas Stars are retiring Mike Modano's #9 on March 8th, 2014, when the team hosts the Minnesota Wild, but Modano's junior team plans on beating the big club to the punch. The WHL's Prince Albert Raisers announced that they'll be retiring Modano's #9 on November 1st:

The Prince Albert Raiders are pleased to announce that they will be retiring the first jersey in the 43-year history of the club on Friday November 1st, as Mike Modano’s number 9 will be raised to the rafters of the Art Hauser Centre prior to the Raiders game against the Regina Pats at 7:00 PM.

Modano spent three seasons with the Raiders, scoring118 goals and 176 assists for 295 points 176 games. The Livonia, Michigan native was the first Raider player to be selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft, when he was the top player selected in the 1988 draft by the Minnesota North Stars. Modano had a stellar NHL career, recording 1375 points in 1499 games with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings before retiring at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 season. The 8-time NHL All-Star is all-time goal scoring and points leader by an American born player in the NHL and represented his country three times in the Olympics. The 1999 Stanley Cup Champion was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame last fall, and will have his number retired by the Dallas Stars this season as well.

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Dallas Stars Introduce New Uniform And Announce Modano’s Sweater Will Be Retired

DALLAS - The Dallas Stars unveiled a new primary and secondary logo, along with a new color scheme and new uniform set as part of their sweeping rebrand and transformation on Tuesday night. Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi revealed the new logo and uniform along with Stars President and CEO Jim Lites, General Manager Jim Nill, Executive Advisor Mike Modano, and Stars forward Jamie Benn at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. It is the team's first major logo overhaul since the club moved from Minnesota to Texas in 1993.

 

 

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Mike Modano Press Conference

The Modano conference is scheduled to begin at 2:00pm ET.

Watch it below…

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Modano Will Sign One Day Contract With Stars

Frisco, Tex. – Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the NHL club will sign center Mike Modano to an official NHL contract, giving him the opportunity to officially retire as a Dallas Star. Modano will sign the contract at Friday’s press conference. Afterwards, he will send in his retirement paperwork to the National Hockey League. Full information on the press conference is listed below.

The amount listed on the contract will be $999,999 in honor of his No. 9.

“This is a special day for all of us,” said Nieuwendyk. “Mike Modano will always be the face of this franchise. He means so much to our organization and all of our fans. We wanted to give him the opportunity to retire as a Dallas Star. Mike has given his heart and soul to this game for over 30 years. On behalf of the entire organization and the National Hockey League, we would like to thank him for his dedication.”

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Modano Retires

via his Facebook account,

After a long summer of thinking about my future, I’ve come to the decision that it’s time to retire as a player from the NHL. There’s way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it’s been!

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Modano Hopes To Return In March

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Modano said he has wondered at times whether his career is over—this apparently will be his last season—but his goal is to return in March and, he hopes, be part of a long playoff run.

“The opportunity is still there, it’ll still be there in March when I come back,’’ Modano said. “That time of year is always exciting and fun, the opportunity to take one more last run at it. The skill level of the team is certainly going to be the same situation. Hopefully come back well-rested, in good shape, feeling good, positive about that time of year.’’

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It’s A Red Wings After Hours Show

Nick Lidstrom and Mike Modano appeared on HNIC After Hours Show with Scott Oake and Craig Simpson.

Not only will Detroit fans enjoy the interviews, but also hockey fans in general.

First up is Nick Lidstrom, then Mike Modano in the 2nd video…

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Former NHLer’s in Europe Part II

This week we will continue to look at former NHL players who are now playing in Europe.
 
Jaromir Jagr
Avangard Omsk

Jagr is clearly not the offensive force that he was in his heyday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he has become quite a mentor to younger KHL players, while recording 14 points in 19 games for sixth place Avangard Omsk. However, Jagr’s most impressive feat this year was leading an undermanned Czech squad to World Championship gold against a heavily favoured Russian squad that featured Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk and Gonchar.
 
Miroslav Satan
HC Slovan Bratislava

Satan is hoping to land another midseason NHL contract as he did with the Boston Bruins last year. In the meantime, Satan registered eight points during a three game contract with Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak league. Satan can still find the back of the net and may yet have another crack at the NHL.
 

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Modano Returns To Dallas

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Wings coach Mike Babcock said he intends to start Modano’s line, which includes Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler, in Dallas tonight.

“He didn’t finish the way he wanted,” Babcock said.

“That’s life. They’ve moved on and so has he. I hope he plays great and gets three.

“His line will start. They’ll get a chance to be out there during the national anthem. They’ll get a chance to introduce him.

“That stuff is important.”

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Modano With His First Goal As A Detroit Red Wing

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Afternoon Line

“Obviously, wearing green and black for 22 years it was a big change in getting used to the red.”

“But it felt good. It felt very comfortable — more comfortable than I thought it would.”

-Mike Modano of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on Modano from Rod Beard of the Detroit News.

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Modano Catching Up With Wings Tempo

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Modano was asked if Wings coach Mike Babcock’s training camp regime is all that different from what’s he experienced in Dallas.

The Livonia native was surprisingly blunt in his comparisons to Stars’camps run the past three seasons by former coach Dave Tippett and current Dallas bench boss Marc Crawford.

“The last two or three years there’s been a real big difference,” Modano said.

“I think the pace and tempo is night and day from what we’re used to. Very similar to what Hitch (Ken Hitchcock) was doing in the last 90s early 2000, similar style.

“You needed to be in shape. You needed to skate hard to be effective.

“That’s kind of my situation now is to play a little catchup and try to refer back to those days how we played.”

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Modano Shooting For 50

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Somewhere in Mike Modano’s new place in Detroit, there is a slip of paper or Post-it note where he’s penciled in what he thinks he’s capable of producing in his new hockey home.

It doesn’t mean anything necessarily, but something to remind him of where he’s at, where he needs to go.

“I think you need to do that. I just need to know, see those things written down, and you wake up every day trying to accomplish them,” Modano said in an interview after the Wings’ workout at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. “If they’re written down and you’re looking at them, I think it’s good for guys.”

So what did the 40-year-old center write down?

“I wrote down 20 and 30—20 goals, 30 assists,” Modano said. “I think with the talent and the possibility of playing a little power play there and whatnot, [it] could be close to that.”

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No Words Needed

Welcome Mike…

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Modano On His Way To Detroit

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

It’s not like Mike Modano had to pull up the moving van and take all his furniture to Detroit, but Tuesday was nonetheless a challenging day for the former Stars center.

He and wife Mandy (who goes by the stage name of Willa Ford) have rented a home in the Detroit area, and Modano is leaving today to play for the Red Wings, who signed him to a one-year contract. He packed up his clothes and a ton of personal things and had some friends drive it up for him. He will take a flight to Detroit today and start what will be a one-year adventure.

Will it last longer than that? Modano doesn’t know, but the man who was told he would not be offered a new contract with the Stars after 20 seasons with the organization knows he wants to play more hockey, and he knows Detroit is a pretty good place to play it.

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Watch The Mike Modano Press Conference

added 2:03pm, Live feed of press conference now available below…

added 2:25pm, press conference is over and I will try to get an archived feed of it later today.

Hopefully you can watch the Modano press conference below starting at 2:00pm ET.  In the meantime….

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Modano will start camp centering the third line between Cleary and Hudler. Holland said if they don’t develop chemistry, Modano could switch with Filppula and play between Franzen and Bertuzzi. Filppula has played with Hudler and Cleary in the past.

“I see (Modano) maybe playing 14 to 16 minutes a night guy and probably in his prime he played 18 to 22,” Holland said. “There are going to be nights when he’s probably feeling good and he’s dancing, and Babcock is going to get him out there more. There will be other nights when you can tell he just doesn’t have it and somebody else will play more.”

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Modano Confirms Detroit Press Conference & Other Topics

from Mike Heiika of the Dallas Morning News,

He confirmed he will be in Detroit for a press conference on Friday to sign with the Red Wings.

I asked him why he didn’t need to skate to see if he really wanted to play again.

“We had scheduled this trip and it kind of fell in the middle of all of that, and they have been nice enough to wait for me, so I just knew I wanted to play and I knew we needed to get this done. They have some contracts that they need to take care of, and this just felt right and makes sense to me.”

Did you give any thought to playing in Minnesota or San Jose or any other place really?

“I did, but Detroit pushed very hard from the start. They want me there, they think I can help, and they’re very open about it. That was neat. It’s such a good organization and they really, really believe they’re going to have a great team this year. They said the injuries were ridiculous last year, and they’re ready to bounce back from that. I really think they’re a team where you can think about winning it all.”

To have a guy like Mike Babcock show so much confidence in you has to be a pretty good feeling.

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Detroit Wanted Modano

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

They believed enough in Modano to fly him in and sell him on the franchise. Imagine, selling someone on what is arguably the best managed and most successful franchise in the NHL for the better part of the last two decades.

Detroit has won 15 division championships – and four Stanley Cups – in the last 20 seasons. The Red Wings typically are top five in scoring and in power-play success. They have produced numerous All-Stars and trophy winners.

And they seriously believe Modano will make them better.

That is intoxicating to a guy who was just told that he should look elsewhere.

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Modano Coming Home

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Mike Modano will join the Red Wings, the Free Press has learned.

The Wings have been in hot pursuit of Modano, flying him in from Dallas a month ago and wooing him over lunch and a Tigers game. He also has suitors in San Jose and Minnesota, but has made up his mind.

“Big announcement Thursday,” Modano sent in a text Monday.

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Modano returns from his European vacation mid-week and he could be landing in Detroit and sitting in on a press conference on Thursday.

I’ve been telling readers how Modano will strengthen the 2nd unit of the power play, now we are about to find out if I was correct.

update:  Poll added 7:30am

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No Mo Tonight

from George Malik of Snapshots at Mlive,

The guy who charges people $20 to look at a “chart” of rumors stated this afternoon that Mike Modano will sign with the Red Wings “as early as” tonight, but, as noted this morning:...

...and I’m allowed to quote this, “Holland says Modano is vacationing in Europe until middle of next (this) week. He expects a decision sometime after Mo returns.”

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Can Modano Play A Whole Season?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s not an issue of whether Modano has the will to lace ‘em up in September or October; but what is his will to play out an entire season? That seemed to be an issue in Dallas the past couple of seasons and explains in part why the Stars made the choice to walk away from a player who has been the face of the franchise for two decades.

If we were Wings GM Ken Holland, we’d take a run at Bill Guerin or Paul Kariya to add veteran scoring punch and give one of your young prospects a shot at centering the third line. Less nostalgic, perhaps; but, in the long run, we’re guessing it would be a more productive move with less potential for dressing-room headaches.

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Again, It Sounds Like Detroit Or Retire For Modano

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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Modano No Closer To A Decision

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings aren’t pressuring him, that’s for sure. General manager Ken Holland has presented his offer—apparently for one-year and $1.25 million (more than I’d been speculating)—and whether Modano takes it will not impact Holland’s ability to re-sign restricted free agents Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm.

The Wings can wait; too bad so many of their fans can’t. It seems that an alarmingly large number of Red Wings fans, at least from the e-mails I’ve been getting, want to vilify Modano.

“If Modano doesn’t want to play here, forget him,” has been a common sentiment.

“What, is he too Hollywood for the Red Wings now?” is another.

It is not like that. Just because he didn’t immediately fall all over himself to sign with the Wings doesn’t mean he disrespected the organization. Just because he hasn’t yet accepted the $1.25 million offer doesn’t mean he feels slighted or he’s holding out for more.

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Ha, I think the same people who are emailing Chris eat at where I had breakfast today.  That is all anyone wanted to talk to me about, “why hasn’t Modano signed with the Wings yet…”

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Babcock Talks Modano

via Dan Rosen tweets,

just spoke with Mike Babcock and he’s convinced that Mike Modano will sign with the Red Wings, and play 2 years in Detroit.

Babcock said he met with Modano in Detroit earlier in the week and now believes it’s just a matter of time before he signs, but…

He also said he’s been wrong before, so it wouldn’t shock him if he is again. He doesn’t think we’ll know until Aug. 1 at the earliest.

added 12:27pm, Dan Rosen of NHL.com follows-up with at story on this topic.

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Go To Detroit Mo

from Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano should wear the hated Detroit Red Wings’ red sweater this season as long as he’s playing because he can’t imagine life without hockey – not because his ego needs some TLC.

It’s easy to see why Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk made the difficult, but correct, decision to inform Modano that he’d played his last season for the Stars.

Like most superstars, especially those who spend the bulk of their career with one team, Modano feels a certain sense of entitlement.

Talk to enough people within the organization and they’ll tell you that Modano, while still likeable, had become a curmudgeon the last couple of seasons.

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What Will Modano Do?

from Mke Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

...the bottom line is Modano has to find a way to make himself happy in the new place. If he can’t do that, he just might retire. Quite honestly, I think he could see himself happy in a lot of situations. I think Minnesota is too close to Dallas in that the Wild is rebuilding, as well, but I do think he would be energized by the Red Wings or Sharks. And, if you look around, there are other teams that could use his services. It wouldn’t surprise me if a couple of more GMs contact him this week.

So what does that all mean? Modano is still deciding. It’s a huge step to emerge from a divorce like this. He’s been on his first date now, and I think he’s processing that information. He has the time, and appears to have a few options, so teams will just have to wait and see what he’s thinking. Could a team like Detroit close the door? Sure, but I think the Red Wings knew this was going to be a process, and they are being patient with Modano.

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Will Modano Still Say Detroit Or Retire?

from Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas,

The market for Mike Modano’s services appears to be growing. The 40-year-old forward said Friday that the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild have contacted him about the possibility of playing next season. That comes days after he met in Detroit with Red Wings personnel.

Modano said Minnesota may want to meet face-to-face with him soon, but no date has been set.

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Detroit Or Retire For Modano

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

Forget about the Blackhawks or any other NHL team. If Westland native Mike Modano decides he wants to play hockey next season, he is going play for the Red Wings.

“There isn’t any other team,” said Modano, standing outside Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch’s suite at Comerica Park Tuesday night. “It will be here or I’m not playing. I think it’s narrowed to that.”

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Afternoon Line

Mike Modano via text message says Red Wings only team to call so far but said, ``if there is only one not a bad one to be.’‘

via a Pierre LeBrun tweet.

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Modano May Be Looking West

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’s an interesting idea, but the chances of Mike Modano ending his career in with the Red Wings appear slim.

Modano’s wife is actress Willa Ford. The couple wouldn’t mind settling in Los Angeles to stop the endless commuting during hockey season for Ford.

That makes the Kings and Anaheim Ducks logical destinations for Modano. The Kings and Ducks have sufficient salary cap space, and both teams could use depth at center.

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A Happy Modano Could Be A Productive Modano

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Here’s a goofy idea: I would love to see Mike Modano play for another team next season.

If _ and this is a big if _ if Modano was happy.

He wasn’t last season. He didn’t have a real place on the Stars. The team didn’t play well. His ability to fight through frustration had worn down. That happens when you get older and have put up with a lot in your career. It’s hard to battle through the tough times.

But if you get a fresh start, a change of pace, a new challenge, your resolve becomes stronger.

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Modano Still Undecided If He Will Play

from Sean Meehan of the Dallas Morning News,

Still unsure about his future in hockey, the Stars’ Mike Modano talked about some of his thoughts as he ponders next season.

On whether he feels he is part of the Stars’ plans next season: The vibes haven’t changed much. I have a sense of the direction that the team is going in, and I’m not sure if I’m part of that. I’ll have to see what unfolds in July.

On possibly playing for another team next season
: I can’t say that wouldn’t happen, but for me to go to a different team, it has to be an organization that I’m very familiar with. That way I would feel comfortable.

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Minnesota Wild Pay Tribute To Mike Modano

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Modano Back To Where His NHL Career Started

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Modano will be honored by the Wild during a video tribute during the second TV timeout (first non-icing or goal stoppage after the 10-minute mark of the first period). It’s his call, but it appears as if at some point tonight Modano will slip on a North Stars sweater. It’s unknown if that will be in warmups, during a stoppage or after the game. He said maybe “during the game,” but I emailed Bill Daly and he says that request hasn’t been asked yet or considered.

I don’t see how he’d be allowed to wear it during the game (he wore seven or so Stars sweaters during his home finale the other day), if for no other reasons than Reebok sponsors NHL jerseys.

Modano reunited with former North Stars/Stars teammate Neal Broten this morning during a hilarious conversion that took place for about 25 minutes with us media and others contributing. Some great lines.

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A Standing-O For Mike Modano

With just over five minutes to go in the 3rd period, a three minute ovation for Modano.

Mike went on to tie the game in regulation and score the shootout winner.

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“It was tough to leave the ice there not knowing what the future holds; if that was it or it wasn’t,’’ he (Modano) said. ``You have nights like that, you think ‘this could keep going.’ You can play well if things go well for you like that; you finally score on your first shootout of the year. I don’t know if there was fate there, but certainly when you have nights like that it makes you ponder that decision a little longer.”

added 8:41am, Watch below a video with all the Modano highlights from last night.

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Modano May Be Playing His Last Home Game In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Modano could be playing his last home game tonight, as he turns 40 in June and his contract is up at the end of the season. The Stars’ all-time leader in just about every offensive category said he will wait until the summer to decide if he wants to retire, but he acknowledged that this indeed could be the end.

“I have to be aware of it, definitely,” he said. “So you make plans just in case.”

Modano is inviting his parents to the final game of the season, Saturday in Minnesota, and said he’s prepared for an emotional send-off from Stars fans tonight. But he also added that whether he retires or not, he’d like to be involved in hockey with the Dallas Stars.

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Direction Of Stars May Decide Modano’s Decision To Play Or Not

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano really doesn’t know what he wants to do about this retirement thing.

Rather, I think he thinks he doesn’t have all the information he needs yet.

Modano would probably love to play another year on a good team where he plays an important role (wouldn’t we all). He doesn’t want to play another year on a bad team where he is redundant. So which would it be with the Stars next season? It appears there are some decisions that need to be made before any kind of judgment can be made.

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Modano Out After Appendectomy Surgery

Frisco, Tex.—Dallas Stars center Mike Modano underwent surgery today for an appendectomy and will be out of action indefinitely. He is not expected to play in the Stars’ home game vs. San Jose on Tuesday evening.

Modano, 39, did not practice with the team today. He has appeared in all 68 of Dallas’ games this season (one of three players to do so; also Loui Eriksson and Stephane Robidas), scoring 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points with 20 penalty minutes.

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Stars Had Offers For Modano

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Three teams were pursuing Mike Modano at the trade deadline, but Modano said he did not want to waive his no-trade clause and leave the only team he has been a part of.

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who flew in from the NHL GM meetings in Florida for the Buffalo game, confirmed when asked about the situation that he asked Modano the day before the trade deadline if he wanted to pursue a move. Nieuwendyk said he did not get to a place where he was negotiating deals, because he first had to establish if Modano was open to leaving. Nieuwendyk said he did not want to reveal the teams, but Modano said one was Washington.

“We talked about this a couple of months ago, and we agreed at the time that if there were teams interested, I would bring the information to Mike,’’ Nieuwendyk said. “I did that, and he decided he wanted to stay.”

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Hot Modano

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Modano has scored seven of his 13 goals this season in the past 10 games—in large part because coach Marc Crawford has given the 39-year-old occasional days off from practice.

“It’s been a good stretch,” said Modano, who added an assist against the Wild. “I feel like I’m getting some good looks on net, and some quality chances and shots have been finding their way through legs and the goalies. So it’s been a good run, I’m feeling a little better, opportunities have been following me around, rebounds have been there, some guys have made some good passes to free up some shots, so it’s been a good half-dozen games or so.”

more plus Pacific Division talk…

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Evening Line

It is disappointing. This would have been a really fun time, especially in Vancouver. But I understand the process and I understand what they were doing. I guess the hardest part is this pretty much was the last chance to play for (Team USA), but when you get to my age there are going to be things like this that are inevitable.

-Mike Modano’s reaction to not being selected to Team USA.  More from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

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Modano Day-To-Month

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano was flying through a morning skate practice on Friday and looked good, whipping shots on net, flipping backhanded passes to teammates and skating with the natural stride that looks all too smooth to come from 39-year-old legs.

And then it happened.

“I tried a one-timer from (Mike) Ribeiro, and it just fell apart,” Modano said of a tweak to a rib injury that has kept him out since the first game of the season.

And so the Stars center went from thinking he would be in the lineup Monday against the Kings to not knowing when he might return. He said he doubts he will be on the Stars’ three-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Anaheim and lists himself as “day to day for the next month.”

more on the Stars…

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Modano Now Out With Cracked Rib

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano saaid that is is discovered he has a small “crack’’ in his ribs and that he will be out “at least a week’’ after he tried to skate Tuesday morning in Edmonton and left the ice early.

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