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Detroit Red Wings still in pursuit of Mike Modano

Jul 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

modanorthstars.jpgSports fans all have their worst nightmare scenarios, particularly when it comes to a great, long-time player suiting up for a hated rival. It would be like Wayne Gretzky wearing a Calgary Flames sweater or Mario Lemieux skating for the Philadelphia Flyers. Some things just seem wrong.

So Dallas Stars fans must be at least a little horrified by the concept of Mike Modano – the face of their franchise – finishing his career wearing the Winged Wheel in Detroit. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas shares the Red Wings’ courtship of their former rival’s star.

“They’re selling it pretty hard,” Modano said. “Having a team like Detroit really interested in me is flattering. I could have some fun playing with some great players and a great organization. There’s a lot of upside to it. But for me, I need to figure out in my head what I want to do.”

It seemed like Modano had the perfect send-off in Dallas (and Minnesota), but it’s his right to choose when he retires. Watching him play for the Red Wings would be painful for Stars fans, but in sports, sometimes you have to accept such disturbing visions.

  1. tom - Jul 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Go Wings!!

  2. Mark L. - Jul 5, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    In what way did Mike have the right send off with the stars? You mean how he was told he wasn’t going to be offered a contract and how Mike said he was “upset and disappointed” with the way it ended. A great player like Mike Modano shouldn’t be told when to retire for the “good” of the franchise that kicked him out. Mike can still play and could still put up 20-25 goal and 20-30 assist if he plays with some talent and plays the whole season. If Mike wants to play he should play.

  3. Jimmy W - Jul 5, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    I guess Mark L. didn’t show up to the last regualr season game in Dallas. Maybe he shouldn’t be talking about it.

  4. Mark L. - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Jimmy Modano put up 14 goals and 16 assist in 59 games with Dallas i don’t think its a stretch to to say hill put up 20 goals and 20 assist maybe more in a full season with a team like Detroit. Hopefully will find out if im wrong or not next season.

  5. BRA-MAN - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Modano would look good in a Wild uniform. Back to MN where he belongs!

  6. Amy - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Mike Modano is my favorite hockey player so seeing him play where he belongs at home in Michigan would be amazing. We take him with open arms. Praying all goes well in Detroit!!!!!

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