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by George Malik on 07/08/11 at 05:41 PM ET
ESPN Dallas’s Master Tefatsion spoke to former Red Wings forward and Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano about his status while Modano prepared for a celebrity-studded charity baseball game on Saturday in Frisco, Texas, and Modano still hasn’t decided whether he plans on continuing to play:
“I’ve just been taking it easy,” said Modano, the host of the event. “I’ve been on some vacations, kind of lying around playing some golf and not really in a rush to make a decision one way or the other about what’s going to happen.”
Modano, 41, played for the Red Wings last season after spending the previous 20 with the Stars in Minnesota and Dallas. Modano has talked about his decision to a few of his friends at the baseball event who have opposing stances on what Modano will ultimately choose:
“I think if the right opportunity came along for him I think he’d love to put the skates on for one more year because he was in was great shape this year before he got hurt up in Detroit,” said The Heroes Foundation founder Charlie McKinney, one of the charities that will benefit from the baseball game. “... I think he feels he’s got one more year in him.”
“I’m from Detroit, so I’m thrilled if he does retire as a Red Wing,” said actor Geoff Stults, who has attended Modano’s charity event every year and talked to him Thursday night about his decision. Mike doesn’t have to prove anything and it just comes down to whether in the next two weeks if he decides he wants to put in the time and the preparation. It’s not even about playing for him, I think—it’s about what it takes to get ready to play. At his age, maybe he wants to golf.”
There’s the rub—does he want to deal with the summertime training as well as the grind of training camp, the exhibition season and an 82-game regular season before bidding the game a fond farewell?
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