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by George Malik on 05/14/11 at 02:33 AM ET
The Dallas News’s Mike Heika spoke to both Red Wings forward Mike Modano and his mother, Karen, about the long-time Dallas Stars captain’s future, and Modano says that he’s both leaning toward retiring and would like to move back to Dallas, where he hopes to latch on with the Stars’ organization:
“Yeah, the fact that there is a high probability my playing days are over, it’s crossed my mind,” Modano said in a phone interview Friday after getting back from a Game 7 loss in San Jose. “But I need to take some time away and get my head straight and just figure out what the next step is. Honestly, it’s been so hectic that it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
It has been a whirlwind year for Modano, the franchise leader in just about every offensive category for the Stars, and the leading scorer among players born in the United States. After being told he would not be offered a contract by the Stars last summer, Modano decided at age 40 that he wanted to give it a shot on another team. A native of the Detroit area, he picked his hometown squad, signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings, and had some personal highs and professional lows. The ending was darn near disastrous, as Modano watched Game 7 in a suit as a healthy scratch, the same way he did nine of Detroit’s 11 playoff games. After suffering a severely lacerated wrist mid-season, he missed 42 games and lost his place in the lineup.
“It was so frustrating, because I felt like I was starting to play pretty well in November,” Modano said. “And that was just something I never expected.”
When he came back, Modano was a step behind, and he’s…Noncommittal about his feelings on that particular subject…
“You could just sort of tell that they had moved on and that other players had stepped up,” he said. “You hope to help, but it’s hard waiting for someone to get injured. It’s just a bad feeling.”
But Modano did enjoy his time with the Wings and his time back home in Southeastern Michigan…
“I left here to play junior hockey when I was 16 and then it was off to Minnesota, so it really was strange to come back here,” said Modano, who was a multi-sport star while growing up in the Livonia area. “Some of these guys I hadn’t seen in 20 years or more, so it was good to get back and spend a little time with them. And just to be with the family, you just don’t get to do that too often.”
As for his future, Heika says that Modano will head back to Dallas sooner than later, and when the Stars are finally sold, he’d like to work for the team’s new ownership in some sort of capacity:
“I’d like to live in Dallas, so that’s a big factor to me,” he said. “Right now, I just have to be patient and see what opportunities are out there.”
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