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Modano: Retire or Become a Canuck?

09/21/2011 at 7:54pm EDT

From Larry Lage via the Vancouver Sun:

“It’s just time,” he said in a phone interview from Dallas, taking a break between playing 36 holes of golf. “I didn’t get any calls after July 1 and I figured that was it.”

Only it wasn’t. Modano said Vancouver assistant general manager Lorne Henning offered him a chance last week to continue his career with the Canucks.

“I told him I had to pass because I hadn’t touched a weight or unzipped my bag since we lost in San Jose,” he said.

Sigh. As a Canucks fan, all I hear is that phrase, “It’s not you, it’s me!” Like a guy trying to gently turn discourage a plain girl’s advances.

But I suppose we can’t take it personally—It was time for the guy to retire and I can appreciate that. Retiring gracefully and at the right moment is a very difficult choice, I imagine.

(And besides: on a personal level, I deeply distrust anyone who plays that much golf.) :)

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