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Mike Modano: It's Detroit or retirement

Jul 6, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

We don’t know if the Red Wings courtship of Mike Modano amuses you, saddens you or makes you want to hurl, but at the very least it’s provided a nice, heartwarming like a G-Rated movie kind of side show to the Ilya Kovalchuk circus of inaction that continues to go on. We mentioned last night that Modano was going to meet with Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch and general manager Ken Holland today and, as it turns out, that meeting turned into date night for a free agent future hall of famer.

Ilitch, Holland and Modano all took in this evenings Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park and while there, Modano seemed to be even more impressed with Detroit than he was before, so much so that Chris McCosky gives us Modano’s rather surprising revelation.

Forget about the Blackhawks or any other NHL team. If Westland native Mike Modano decides he wants to play hockey next season, he is going play for the Red Wings.

“There isn’t any other team,” said Modano, standing outside Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch’s suite at Comerica Park Tuesday night. “It will be here or I’m not playing. I think it’s narrowed to that.”

Well then. For fans that have been insistent that Modano find a way to make his way to the Minnesota Wild to finish his career where it began, while that would make for a nice story, the Wild aren’t the team that Modano came up with and the Wild certainly don’t play in the Met Center the way the North Stars used to. For Mike Modano, Michigan is his home and his hometown of Westland, near Livonia, is right outside of Detroit.
As for what Modano can bring to Detroit, it’s a third line centerman that can score as well as be reasonably defensively sound as well. Guys like Kris Draper and Darren Helm (who is a restricted free agent himself) don’t have the offensive touch that Modano has, even at the age of 40.
Of course, it remains to be seen if Detroit will, indeed, bring him on board.  The Wings for the meantime are about $4 million and change away from the cap after signing Drew Miller to a one-year $650,000 deal today. Should Modano decide to retire instead of play one more year, it’s not a decision that’s likely to ruin Detroit’s off-season game plan.
  1. Myrna Frazier - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    If Mike Modano decided to go and play for the Red Wings then I think it will be the biggest mistake of his career. He was a Dallas Star for 22 years and you should retire a Dallas Star. Forget what wife e poo tells you or what your pocket book says. Do the right thing and retire a Dallas Star. You owe that to your team and your fans. Was a huge fan since he came to Dallas but that will go out the door if he does not retire a Dallas Star.

  2. RedWinger - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    Letting go of Mike is one of the biggest mistakes that the Stars have ever made. Mike is a hockey player. A great hockey player. If Dallas wanted him to retire as a Star then they should have allowed him to retire on HIS own terms and not on their need to free up salary. Stars HAD the greatest American-born hockey player and cut him loose before his time. You say that he’s washed up? Well then why would teams like SJ,Chi, Boston or Det go after him? Because he still has lots of hockey left in him. Dallas is NOT that good of a team that they need to cut “the face of their franchise”. Are they? Not. Stop crying about him going to Det…he was born and raised there. His parents and friends live there. Det honored him back in 2008 at the Joe, because they respect him. you can talk all the wing hate that you want and it doesnt change the fact the Det is a class act. Mike is a classy player and Det respects hockey. The fans are great hockey fans…ALL YEAR LONG. Not just during wings games. Mike will sign for Det and he will HOPEFULLY be given a standing O when they open the season in teh AAC.

  3. rc - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Who is the idiot that thinks a player abandoned by his team should not want to play anywhere else. Dallas didn’t want him, he wanted to keep playing, FOR DALLAS. They screwed him and now he has a chance to play where he grew up, where he has roots, where people have both loved and hated him and secretly wished he actually did play for the Red Wings.
    Now he can end his career in his hometown, playing for team he grew up watching and wouldn’t it be great for him if Detroit could go all the way and he could retire with another cup under his belt AT HOME!!!
    People from Dallas are bone heads, they don’t deserve a hockey team.

  4. b-rad xperience - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    This is real simple. Modano is a hockey player who wants to continue playing hockey. Dallas doesnt want him to play for them anymore. If you really appreciate the guys talents, then why would you want him to retire when he’s happiest playing hockey. It doesn’t matter if he wins the Cup with the Wings next year or not, do you really think he is going to be remembered as a Wing? Think of Brett Hull, he won a Cup with Dallas and Detroit; but the overwhelming majority of hockey fans will remember Brett as a St. Louis Blue and they have never won the Cup. Let Modano play hockey if he wants to, he’s good for the game.

  5. Pooter - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    Looks like the Dallas fans are going to be as dim-witted as The Blackhawks fans. Chicago no longer wanted Chris Chelios. He wanted to play so Detroit picked him up. We won 2 Stanley Cups with him on our team. He was a much loved player here in Detroit. Now we’ve got Modano wanting to do the same thing. His fans are wanting to hang him from the rafters. So what’s he to do? Retire so appease people that don’t wish him well? I don’t think so. Let him come to Detroit. I’m not sure how much hockey he has left in him but I’d love to see him in the Winged Wheel. Of course he’ll never wear #9 here. That’s Gordie’s number!!

  6. mixdown - Jul 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Dallas released him, so it’s not like Mike has the choice to stay in Dallas. If he feels he has more hockey in him, which I believe he does, then he has to find another team. You should be more upset with the Stars than with Mike.

  7. whatsup - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    what number you think he will wear

  8. MNWildFan - Jul 11, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Dallas really should have found a way to hang onto one of the greats in hockey. Detroit is no more of a home than Minnesota would be. He’s lived in Dallas since the Stars moved some 18 years ago.
    As a Wild fan, I’d prefer to see Minnesota spend the rest of their cap on younger talent that can take them more than one year into the future. I have much admiration for Modano, but the Wild need to start building more permanent contender.

  9. John - Jul 11, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    What is Modano doing trying to become the next Lebron James keeps people waiting for his answer. Either you want to play in Detroit or retire already. Frankly Mr. Modano I hope you dont come to Detroit I have listened to your name for years now and frankly I am tired of it. So please retire.

  10. Jonathon - Jul 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    I have been a Stars fan since they came to Dallas! Thru the ups and the downs. Modano is a hockey player. Thats what he does so to me, if he wants to play for Detroit fine, who cares! San Jose, Chicago or Minnesota doesnt bother me either! If you can still play Mike then play….if not then hang’em up! Dallas was “DUMB” for letting him go but what is done is done! He will move on and he will be missed. If he does play for Detroit then I will cheer for Mikey Mo when he is on the ice….not the Wings, just Mike! I hate the Wings almost as bad as I hate the Yankees! Sorry, thats just the way it is! You go Mike! Your still #1 to me! If you decide to keep playing then good on you, if not then it has been one hell’uva run….either way, thanks for the memories!

  11. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Dallas let him go, Dallas said “Hey Mike, 22 years is enough, go retire, we don’t want you.” Well Mike may have other plans. If Dallas had offered him a contract, then I would tend to agree with you, but they didn’t. They released him. Just because he played 22 seasons there then got kicked to the curb doesn’t mean he has to “retire a Dallas Star.” Dallas didn’t give him the choice, they said go away, Mike. But what if he wants to play? Those Stars that he supposedly owes something to don’t want him to anymore, so where can he play then, according to you? Clearly no where. I say sign with Detroit Mike.

  12. wardinho - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    How can you chirp Modano for wanting to come to the Wings. First off the Wings are still the best team in the NHL no matter what happpened last year if Modano comes the Wings will win the final.

  13. Fish - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    you obviously dont know what hes capable of and if your hearing of his name still at forty hes still the man to be watching modano is one of the greatest american players to ever play i think he should retire in his hometown for one last year

  14. ftj - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    I hope he goes to the obnoxious and arrogant Red Wings. This way the other teams like San Jose and Minnesota can focus more on developing teams around more than just a one year player.

  15. abe bho-sa-di-kay - Jul 26, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    To ftj: What a load of crap…Wings are the MOST CONSISTENT team in NHL for the past decade, they’ve raised the bar in the competition…Mike’s GREAT player, he deserves Detroit, not Dallas who dumped him!

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