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Modano's final game could come in Minnesota

Apr 10, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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It’s fitting that Mike Modano may be playing his final NHL game
tonight where it all began, in Minnesota as the Dallas Stars take on the
Wild in the final game of the season.

As I stated on Thursday,
I’m not going to go over his great career in detail just yet as there is
still a possibility that he returns next season. Modano is not one to
give up easily, and with his parents calling for him to keep playing who
knows what he decides. I have a feeling that his decision will be
determined on whether the Dallas Stars offer him a contract for next
season.

As we gear up for Modano’s possible last game, in
Minnesota, he
says a decision will not come easily.

“A lot of
people have said to keep going and go as long as you can, but
sometimes the scenario and the situation isn’t such,” Modano said.
“Those factors will be played out as the summer goes on. It’s hard to
make those decisions right now. I need some time, I think.”

What’s
interesting is that Modano had a chance to head to Minnesota, way back
in 2004. From Tom Powers of the
Pioneer Press:

Five years ago, Modano’s
representatives contacted the Wild and offered a proposal: Modano
wanted to finish his career where it started, in Minnesota, and was
willing to sign a three-year contract. The money apparently wasn’t a
problem. But the length of the contract was. Three years were one more
than former general manager Doug Risebrough thought were prudent to
give a 35-year-old free agent with a lot of hard miles on him.

Modano
would end up taking a ‘home-town discount’ to stay with the Dallas
Stars.

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