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by George Malik on 04/08/11 at 08:41 PM ET
I don’t want this to get lost in an absolutely ridiculous number of game-day updates (click for the latest iteration): Red Wings forward Mike Modano has reiterated his desire to retire if the Wings make the Cup Finals to the Detroit News’s Chris McCosky...
“If we go that far, if we get to the Stanley Cup Finals, it would be it for me,” he said after the morning skate Friday.
Even if the Wings don’t win the Cup…
“Yeah,” he said, “If we can get a nice, two-month run at the end here, I’d be happy with that. It would be worth it to have a nice long run to make this whole year worthwhile. It hasn’t gone exactly how we all printed it up.”
And Red Wings GM Ken Holland somewhat surprisingly admitted that the Wings don’t plan on using Modano in anything other than a complimentary role next week (though McCosky tries to play up the suggestion that Modano will be scratched regularly for shock value’s sake, which is silly):
“This is the best league in the world and Mike Modano missed three months,” Holland said. “He’s behind and he’s trying to catch up. He debated all summer if he was going to play, so he missed a summer of training. He decided in August that he wanted to play and then he got hurt and missed three months. Can Mike have the magic in the playoffs that he’s had? Possibly, but, possibly not.”
“One of the reasons you like veteran players — the reason we’ve brought back players like Dallas Drake, Jamie Macoun and Larry Murphy — is they’ve been in the playoffs and they’ve had success. It’s like Jack Nicklaus on the back nine at the Masters in 1986. All of a sudden, it comes back to you.”
That’s the theory for Modano, who says he’ll need a “refresher,” and his coach, Mike Babcock, too:
“At playoff time you need everybody, and just because you don’t play one game doesn’t mean you won’t play another game,” Babcock said. “I think I have that sorted out; I’ve had it sorted out for quite a while. But we’ll just continue to play people and see what they do in situations.”
“It’s a competitive league,” Babcock said. “But I’ve found over the years that guys who’ve got some miles on them at playoff time usually play pretty well.”
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