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One writer feels that Modano won't become a Red Wing

Jul 19, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

You didn’t think that Ilya Kovalchuk and Simon Gagne would steal all of the headlines today, did you? Silly human. George Malik of MLive.com passes along word from the Detroit News’ Ted Kulfan that he fully expects Mike Modano to pass on joining the Detroit Red Wings.

Several people have asked me if Mike Modano is going to sign with the Red Wings.

At the beginning of this dance, I felt that he would not, and I still feel that way.

I get the sense, reading between the lines of Modano’s comments, that returning home — he’s originally from Westland — isn’t a big deal to him, especially at this point in his career. It might have been at some point, but not anymore.

Apparently Ted Kulfan wanted to be a contrarian with Wings head coach Mike Babcock who said the other day that he believes Modano will sign in Detroit. Hoo boy. Yeah, it’s just one man’s opinion and hell, this is perhaps the next most interesting side story to this summer now that Kovalchuk is on his way back to New Jersey.
As for the whole dance going on between Detroit, Minnesota, and San Jose it’s pretty clear that the negotiation stage has moved on into full public eye mode for this dance. The Red Wings went out of their way to show how interested they are/were in Modano by taking him to a Tigers game in Detroit. Meanwhile, we’ve yet to hear stories about how the Sharks took Modano Silicon Valley or the Wild bringing Modano to check out the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota. If you can’t sell a guy on Spam, I don’t know what works.
  1. JIMBOB - Jul 20, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    The spam museum in Austin, MN. That’s just awful. People in MN don’t even go there.

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