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by George Malik on 05/05/11 at 04:14 PM ET
Oy, vey. Mike Modano spoke to the media after Thursday’s optional Red Wings practice, and, as NHL.com’s Brian Hedger noted, Modano, well hedged on his promises to retire:
Q: You wouldn’t say you regret this season, would you?
Modano: Your initial thought is a little regret because of what you went through, but no one can ever predict it would happen, the severity of the injury and what all took place. Maybe it was a sign that … I should’ve stayed away.
Q: Have you given any thoughts to what you’re going to do with your future?
Modano: Kind of mulled over it a lot, now that I’ve certainly got a lot of free time on my hands to think about it and what my plans are. A knee-jerk reaction is to kind of say ‘That’s it,’ and be done with it because the frustration level is fairly high at this point. So you’re able to make some quick judgments without really thinking it through. Let the dust settle a little bit and then make a decision on it.
Q: If you were to come back, would you like to come back here or somewhere else?
Modano: Depends. Those would be conversations for later with Kenny. See how their personnel line up here, but they’ve got some good young players that are ready to make that jump and have had their days of grooming in Grand Rapids and are probably ready. That’s probably for down the road, as well.
Q: Last summer, you didn’t make final decision until August. Do envision making a quicker decision this year?
Modano: I don’t know. I think I’ll probably have some of the same issues and problems with making that decision again. That’s just something that, as I’ve gotten older I’ve had a tougher time dealing with and trying to understand what to do and make the right decision. There’s been days where I’ve felt in November that I was pretty excited about it and thought maybe there would be something beyond this year and then March comes and that feeling changed pretty quick. To make a 100-percent-sure decision, that’s always tough.
Q: Does the way this seems to be unfolding for you here, does that affect your decision at all?
Modano: I’ve been saying I want to leave on a better note for the last three years and they’ve all turned out the same. Some frustration about not making the playoffs [in Dallas], and then obviously being here and not being able to be a part of it at this point, so there is a little bit of disappointment the last three years.
The Wings would probably attempt to accommodate him if he wants to return.
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