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Mike Modano wasn’t a big fan of traveling in the playoffs with Detroit

Jul 31, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

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Mike Modano‘s season last year in Detroit went about as poorly as you could imagine. For a guy that was 40 years-old and perhaps looking to play his swan song season in the NHL, getting his wrist sliced open by a skate and missing most of the season and then winding up a healthy scratch for most of the games after he returned it made for a rough season.

When the playoffs rolled around, Modano found himself in the press box more often than not and while that was disappointing enough for the 21-season veteran, apparently he didn’t care too much for how the Red Wings went about getting from Detroit to both Phoenix and San Jose.

Steve Schrader from The Detroit Free Press tells us about how Modano didn’t much care for the rigors of travel with the Red Wings and their team airplane while not actively helping them out on the ice.

“Back and forth to Phoenix and back and forth to San Jose?” Modano said in that interview with a Dallas radio station.

“On that little puddle-jumper they got? We gotta stop in Nebraska and refuel? Fill up the gas tank and go the rest of the way to San Jose? That bird can’t make it on one tank of gas. They got a new one this summer.”

What, Redbird, the pride of the Little Caesars fleet?

“So going to San Jose, say we leave at probably noon Detroit time — that’s 9 o’clock out there,” Modano said. “We roll in around 4 or 5 o’clock San Jose time.

“When I first heard that, I was like, ‘I never heard that story from anybody else,’ ’cause I never talked to Hullie and all these guys about playing in Detroit.

“Brett brought up the plane, you know, wait till you see this thing, but he never mentioned if you go to the West Coast, you gotta stop somewhere to get some gas. I’m like, what?”

All right so it wasn’t premium accommodations but it’s not as if the pilot of the plane started taking a bat to it to “make it look mean” either.

While Modano is still making up his mind whether or not he’s going to retire this summer, he’s still technically a free agent. Chances are if there’s not a spot for him in Detroit, he’s likely done in the NHL as Detroit was his “homecoming” place to go before last season. Finding a spot on anyone’s roster for a 41 year-old center coming off a year that saw him play just a handful of games thanks to injury and couldn’t crack the lineup in the playoffs doesn’t seem too likely.

Modano probably wanted to go out riding a little bit higher into the sunset, but unless he takes a pay cut or doesn’t mind being a part-time player, this could be it for him. It’s up to him to decide if he wants to stick around but if he does want to keep playing, other teams might make the decision to retire for him.

  1. sanjosecupcrazy - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Oh my God! The team chartered private jet had to stop to refuel?!?! What’s next? Non-Kobe steaks at dinner? 4 star hotels?

    Modano, I like you…. but shut up. Really don’t want to hear your sob story about your upscale lifestyle.

  2. sharksfan754 - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Sounds like the plane the Cleveland Indians had for the movie “major league.” I wonder if duck tape was holding the propeller together

    • polegojim - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      Kind of like the Sharks after the Red Wings round, eh?

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM

        Holy cow, you’re back. Never heard someone talk so much smack after a series their team lost. Can’t wait to kick the Wings’ ass in the playoffs again this year! GO SHARKS!

      • polegojim - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        @SJCupCrazyNever left – somebody has to keep you grounded and real.

        You can’t talk smack until your Cup Craziness actually produces… A Cup.

      • polegojim - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        Here’s what the ring looks like – see all those ‘other’ little Diamond Cups on the side?

        Here’s what a Stanley Cup History looks like – see all those dates?

        ….all kidding aside – I hope we’re both there to argue about it next spring.

    • polegojim - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM

      PS – it’s ‘duct’ tape. Never seen anyone wrap a duck with it….a shark maybe, but not a duck.

      ; ) getting a head start for next year

      • sharksfan754 - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:45 AM

        Its called auto correct… damn iphone

      • polegojim - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        @Sharksfan74 – I know, that feature on the Iphone needs ajustment – texting included! I spend more time backspacing past the poor autocorrections than I do the text itself!

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Ah, gotcha…… That’s a tremendous fallback for you whenever you’re reminded about the fact that the Sharks gave the Dead Things their ticket home each of the past two seasons. Truly cannot wait to make it a hat trick this year. You’re our bitch, Detroit!

      • polegojim - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:54 AM

        The truth can hurt sometimes, especially when you fall back on our Stanley Cups.

        You enjoy aiming far too low…

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Ahhhhh….. PolegoDouchebag….. Let me pass along a little knowledge to you that I learned as a 49er fan years ago: After a couple of seasons, no one gives a crap about your previous championships. Sergei Federov, Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan are long gone, my friend….

        Facts are facts: It must SUCK for you to be losing to the Sharks every year in the playoffs now. You guys must have a complex — can’t imagine what it would be like to lose to us three years in a row. (Count on it).

        Live in the NOW, “Hockeytown.” When Lidstrom retires after this season, it’s only going to get worse. Meanwhile, while we got bounced in the WCF this year, we’ve improved yet again in the offseason. If you want to see a Stanley Cup playoff game, come to San Jose in June — I might be able to score you some tickets. (No way in hell I’d let a Dead Things fan sit with me.) 😉

      • polegojim - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM

        Dude – you’re way too easy to bait, way too quick to reduce to emotional name calling.
        I can almost envision you jumping up and down on your bed in a tantrum.

        You lose all credibility and I don’t even read your entire posts.

        I guess I’m used to Detroit toughness when arguing and debating. Even Buckeye fans don’t go off the deep end that quickly.

        I’ll leave you alone for a while. Just too easy… I almost feel bad.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:56 AM

        LOL, nice try, douchebag. If that’s your way of gracefully backing out of a little jousting when your “we’ve won Stanley Cups!” argument doesn’t pass muster, so be it. I can understand that you’re not used to being the bitch of someone else. It’s something that’s tough to get used to, but the Sharks will be at the Joe October 28th, so you’ll get your reminder then.

        Enjoy the rest of your offseason. I know it sucks when they’re this long for you — sorry about that — but preseason is right around the corner! Hope springs eternal, even in De-lapadated-troit!

      • detwings13 - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:35 AM

        Hey sanjosecupcrazy you realize that San Jose has never won a cup due to lack of BEING THERE in the playoffs when it matters most. HENCE why they lost TWO years straight in the Conference finals. Sorry to burst your bubble but SJ did not get better they actually got a little worse. Losing Seitguchi and Heatley and gaining Havlat isnt what I would call an improvement. Brent Burns is overrated and way overpaid. It will be hilarious to see them lose again in the playoffs. Shutout two years straight in the Conference finals and almost had one of the worst losses in Playoff history (barely even beating detroit after going up 3-0 in the series) they managed to get one lucky fluke goal from underachieving and overpaid centre. That team I thought was caliber enough to actually win the Cup the last few seasons but I sure was wrong. GL on the playoffs next year when you get knocked out again but it will be the first round this time.

  3. polegojim - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Proof #428 that Modano’s heart left the game YEARS ago – complaining about the plane and travel???

    Mike – Red Wings fans are complaining about your non-factor play. We want our money back…we’ll invest it in the NEW plane.

    Glad we’re past this Let’s Go Red Wings!

  4. tommytd - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    The guy breaks my ‘freakin heart w/his sob story. Get a grip…

  5. comeonnowguys - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I wonder if that’s an indirect jab to get Detroit in the East.

    • tommytd - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:39 AM

      I think you’re probably over-thinking this thing. The guy is just another overpaid, reality-lost whiner.

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