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Mike Modano's plans for the future on hold until July

Jun 27, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT


Even though Mike Modano’s career may have ended on an especially poignant note in Minnesota, it appears that Modano may not be quite ready to hang it up for good. Modano told the Dallas Morning News that how things go this summer will dictate what his future will holds.

On whether he feels he is part of the Stars’ plans next season: The vibes haven’t changed much. I have a sense of the direction that the team is going in, and I’m not sure if I’m part of that. I’ll have to see what unfolds in July.

On possibly playing for another team next season: I can’t say that wouldn’t happen, but for me to go to a different team, it has to be an organization that I’m very familiar with. That way I would feel comfortable.

On which organizations he feels familiar with: There are several teams out West: Phoenix , San Jose , Anaheim and LA. I know a lot of the players and coaches of these teams because we’ve played them so much.

The team on that list that sticks out like a sore thumb is Phoenix. As you know, Phoenix’s head coach is Dave Tippett, former Stars head coach. From a familiarity standpoint that makes Phoenix seem so obvious it hurts. As for San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles the familiarity he speaks of there comes from playing so many games against them during the regular season.

At 40 years old, Modano probably wouldn’t want to spend time scorching his legacy in Dallas (and turning last year’s two touching farewell games in Dallas and St. Paul into seemingly empty gestures) to play for someone in a totally new system and wasn’t an immediate threat to make a deep run in the playoffs. If you’re just picking from the teams mentioned Phoenix, San Jose and Los Angeles gives him a nice set of options with the Coyotes being a great team last year, San Jose being the top seed in the west and Los Angeles poised to turn into next season’s version of the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim, while always a threat to do well, is more in the company of the Dallas Stars as far as competition goes. They’re not bad, but they don’t stand out as well as the other teams do. The Pacific Division is rather nasty that way.

The sad part of this whole thing becoming a story, however, is the fact that Modano appears to be headed down a rather Brett Favre-like road this summer. Or is it a Mats Sundin-like road? I guess we’ll see if Modano joins the ranks of poker players to find out.

  1. cory donald brown - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    I would love if modano played 1 more year in big D but like him myself and other friends who played hockey you must think of what the year will bring and whats best for the team.Like dallas lost turk losing a few afew players to the open market dallas is like a car that does not need atouch up it needs a whole new paint job . mike will want a least a mill i like the guy i played against him since he played in the WHL Prince Albert raidrs i played with the broncos i heard even as a monor he was bullheaded lol but at that age we all thought we new it all lol it time MIKE to walk away om your terms with your head held hi and u can allways say I LEFT MYWAY thank you for ur time to let me vent 4 the older players .

  2. Drekmore - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Modano playing for Phoenix? As a long time Stars fan that would be like…like Brett Favre playing for the Vikings! Oh wait…

  3. Wingsrule - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    How about his hometown Redwings? They could use a little scoring…

  4. b-rad xperience - Jun 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Let’s be real honest about what we are dealing with here. Mike Modano is arguably the best American born goal scorer ever, but having said that he is not that guy anymore. Modano is 40 now and a 3rd line center at best so he is not going to be the reason you win games as well as the reason you lose games. i don’t think a contender would want him except when it comes to playoff time when he could share his experience with younger players. If Modano should return, it should be with the Dallas Stars and thats it. How many superstars can say they played with the same franchise from day one. He won’t be a difference maker on the ice for anyone anymore however.
    Again, not to be negative here; Modano is one of my favorite players over the years, but his time has come and gone. He should keep looking into being a part owner of the Stars with Hull and Gretzky.

  5. thejeffersonlee - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Mo is getting older; there are people on the team half his age who are doing a great job of making plays, scoring, etc. They are also young, and after losing Lehtinen AND Turco AND (possibly) Modano, the Stars are going to be shorter on veteran experience and leadership. (Something I wish I had seen a little more of out of Morrow as well.) It may be Mark Crawford’s strategy to have a younger, more pliable team in order to execute the kind of play he wants, which is still an enigma to me. Modano spent a lot of time on lines with some of the younger players, which signals to me that he was supposed to helping this kids earn their wings. That being said, I don’t think Mike got as many scoring opportunities as he would have with a more seasoned line. That would have put a different light on should-I-stay-or-should-I-go question.
    Would I like Mo to stay another year, even after I got a bit emotional at his most recent farewell send-off?
    Yes, I don’t think he’s the dead weight everybody says he is, and I think he could be effective in putting the Stars in the playoffs.
    Would I be offended if Mo went to play for another team?
    San Diego, LA, Anaheim—yes. Phoenix, not so much. Dave Tippet should still be our coach, and in some ways, he’s still mine. What he’s done with Phoenix is nothing short of freaking impressive.
    I wonder if we could oust Crawford and insert a Coach Modano…?

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