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Red Wings forward Mike Modano’s seriously considering retiring, hopes to latch on with Stars

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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mrfluffy's avatar

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/14/11 at 03:59 AM ET


Come on fluffy. The loss wasn’t on him. He didn’t even play. It was Ken Holland’s mistake putting all his eggs in the Modano (and Hudler) baskets, thinking adding a 40 year old Modano would be enough to get over the hump. There were a lot of deficiencies on this team and Holland pretty much addressed none of them last offseason. Not Modano’s fault. Modano is a great player and a great guy and I’m just sorry this all turned out in a way that he probably regrets signing in Detroit. Stay classy Mike.

Posted by Johnson22 on 05/14/11 at 04:05 AM ET

Chet's avatar

as usual, j22 has a good take on it. i would dissent inasmuch as i think modano was a bit too comfy being vocal before the season was over, which i also think didn’t help the team he was currently with, but bygones now. all the best to the guy, sorry but not terribly surprised it didn’t work out.

remember when they signed him and mike illitch said he felt “cuppy?” i mean seriously, the blame is most properly spread around…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/14/11 at 06:00 AM ET

Chet's avatar

posting from your phone on the road guarantees typos…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 05/14/11 at 06:02 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Holland didn’t “put all his eggs in the Modano basket,” he merely signed, for a reasonable price,  a guy who had been rejected by his previous team and still had skill and the desire to play.  The horrific injury was something no one could have forseen.  Yes, I believe the biggest reason Mo didn’t play much in the playoffs was his ill-timed retirement talk.  I also gathered from things he said that he was mightily impressed with the Red Wings organization and the guys on the team.  He’ll retire, and I wish him all the best.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 05/14/11 at 08:53 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar


I’m not blaming the playoffs on him at all. It took him 6 weeks to start gelling with anyone on the Wings, but I never saw him do much more than play on the perimeter. Yes he got hurt, a freak accident the was by no means his fault, and that sucked…it really did. When he came back, he played worse. I never once saw him engage. It was a failed experiment, he never seemed to try…so…bubye, Willa.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/14/11 at 05:05 PM ET

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