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Modano turned down chance to be traded

Mar 10, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

Mike Modano had the chance to go the Washington Capitals at the trade
deadline, but turned down the trade to stay with the Dallas Stars. He
has a no trade clause in his contract, and the veteran forward decided
it best to  stick with the team he’s been with his entire career.

From
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:

“We
talked about this a couple of months ago, and we agreed at the time
that if there were teams interested, I would bring the information to
Mike,” Nieuwendyk said. “I did that, and he decided he wanted to
stay.”
Modano said it would have felt strange to leave the team.

“Honestly,
I just couldn’t do it,” he said. “We were in pretty good
shape in the playoff race, and there’s no guarantee with a new team.
I’ve been with this team my whole life and I want to stay with this
team.”

According to Heika, the Stars GM said there
were three teams interested and that Mike Modano said one was the
Washington Capitals.

It’s rare these days to see a player stick
with a team for over 20 years, and even more so deciding to stay with them while passing up  the chance to join a Stanley Cup contender. But you have to
give credit to Mike, who says that playing for the Cup after being with a
team for just a couple of months wouldn’t have been the same.

Modano
has expressed interest in joining the Stars front office after he
retires, and has even mentioned he’d want to be part of an ownership
group that hopes to purchase the Stars this summer.

  1. IRockTheRed - Mar 11, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    I have to hand it to Modano. Loyalty means a lot, and I’m glad that if he turned down a chance to come play for my favorite team, he did it to stay with the club he’s been with his entire career.
    Kudos to Mr. Modano! :-) I think he’ll be as good in the front office as he has been on the ice.

  2. breaklance - Mar 12, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    I’m always a big big fan and supporter of franchise players. Guys who are signed for a long time and will even take less money to stay with these teams. Loyalty and consistency are important to me as a fan(and commercially if I just bought a guys jersey i’d be pissed if he moved the next season!)
    A lot of players would love to have what Mike does, or even to finish their careers with the team they first started with and/or made it big with. So good for Modano, look forward to him in the HHOF soon to come

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