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Mike Modano will not be a Dallas Star

Jun 29, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

Modano6.jpgIf legendary Stars forward Mike Modano decides to keep playing next season it is a matter that the Dallas Stars will not be concerning themselves with. The Stars announced today that they will not be offering Mike Modano a new contract. Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk had this to say about the matter:

“Mike is unclear on whether he will retire or not, and still may decide to play next season. After assessing our roster and where we need to go as a hockey team, we have decided to not offer Mike a contract and allow him to explore free agency on July 1. If Mike decides that he would like to play with another team, we support his wishes. That’s part of the reason behind the timing of this announcement; we wanted to be up-front with Mike and give him the option to explore playing for other clubs on July 1 if he chooses.”

We mentioned here the other day that Modano has already spoken about where he might be interested in going to next, and that short list included all the other teams in the Pacific Division. As for the Stars, they’re making it clear that getting younger is the reason why they’re parting ways with Modano. The Stars also have to put a lot of their focus this off-season on getting some of those young players signed in James Neal, Matt Niskanen, and Nicklas Grossman. Nieuwendyk explains further:

“We have a good number of young guys who are hungry and ready for bigger roles on our team. That’s a big part of this decision. These players are ready to step up and play important minutes. We need them to continue their improvement and development if we are to get to where we want to be as a hockey club.”

I’m sure this is a tough stand for the Stars to make as Modano has spent his entire career with the organization and just parting ways like this with a guy who is bound for the hall of fame has to be hard. At the very least we’re spared a sort of Brett Favre-like drama between the two sides as they dance around the possibilities of staying or going and driving the fans crazy in the process. Now we’ll wait to see if or when Modano lands with another team in the Stars’ divisional backyard.

  1. b-rad xperience - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    As a fan of Mike Modano, I would love to see the Blues pick him up for a season. Having said that, it wouldnt make much sense to do that with the direction that they are going in. Who knows, maybe he can come in as a mentor for the younger players now that Tkachuk is gone.
    Also, former Stars GM Doug Armstrong is now the Blues GM, that would mean Modano is familiar with the Blues too, right?
    If Modano does decide to retire, we wish him the best and thank him for the great hockey that he put on display for 20+ years.
    Here’s to the Real Captain America!!

  2. B - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Great. Now I have absolutely no reason to watch hockey. Modano was THE face of the Stars for good reason.

  3. Anonymous - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    The Stars havent played well since Mike has moved off the top line they are inconsistant and out of the play offs every year. Tired of waiting and now they have decided AGAIN not to give him a contract. Can’t they remeber what happened last time. I hope he does decided to play and goes somewhere else this year it will be nice to see him in the play offs one more time before he retires while the Stars once again will be at home. I for one will watch whatever team he goes to

  4. David Coxsey - Jun 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    I don’t see him going anywhere else. Mo will always be a Star and I see him retiring now for the following reasons:
    1) Not too many teams will pick him up because he hasn’t played anywhere close to a full season in years. Modano is getting old and he doesn’t have that youthful body any more. I don’t see too many teams taking a risk on putting him in the lineup.
    2) He has already mentioned that he would like to be in the group that purchases the Stars from Tom Hicks. That was mentioned months ago and I believe that he has the passion to be a great owner for this team.

  5. Happy Girl - Jun 29, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    As a Stars fan, thank you Mike for all you have done both in MN and Dallas as well as on the international level. It’s been a pleasure to watch you. Where ever you wind up, I wish you well.
    Also, kudos to Joe Nieuwendyk for making such a tough call on a friend and former teammate. It is time for the younger Stars centers to step up and show what they can do. We have a glut at center and not a lot of money to work with.
    Go Stars go!

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