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Modano: “One more year? That kind of intrigues me”

Jul 16, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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Normal, cubicle-dwelling people often hate to see their heroes/favorite players fade on the ice. For that reason, guys who hang on too long often seem depressing, but what about the guys who don’t want to give it up? Mike Modano probably has a swell existence, yet it’s clear that the concept of a return brings a twinkle to his eye. He admitted at least a passing interest in playing for the Minnesota Wild and acknowledged those feelings to Dallas beat writer Mike Heika.

Even though he admits that the idea is a bit far-fetched.

“You look at things and you wonder what’s the worst thing that could happen?,” Modano said. “I mean, I get in better shape. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the CBA and everything, but I mean, one more year? That kind of intrigues me.”

“I think I’m in la la land or dreamland just thinking about it. You never know how that would work out, but I can’t really see it happening. I think in the back of my mind, I would love to see something work out where I could go back for a year, but I don’t know … I don’t see it … It’s been hard to let go.”

The most logical side would point to his last, injury-plagued season with the Detroit Red Wings (15 points in 40 games, healthy scratches in the playoffs) as evidence enough that he has little left. Still, it’s worth noting that he almost had a point-per-game in the first post-lockout season (77 points in 78 games), so perhaps a prolonged break might allow him to give it one more decent year. Sure, that was seven years ago, but he’s not asking for top-line minutes this time around.

A marketing ploy?

Modano mentioned the Minnesota Wild, but the Dallas Stars would provide a fun opportunity. The Stanley Cup-era teams had the “Grumpy Old Men” line, so what about a 40+ line of Modano, Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney? Yes, the “Well-adjusted, Relatively-Ancient Gentlemen” doesn’t have the same ring to it, but bringing back Modano (and adding Jagr) could be a solid box office hit.

Much like Modano’s own dreams of a return, it’s fun to think about, if nothing else.

  1. Eberwizzle - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Oh…..I thought Modano retired 3 years ago.

  2. northstars17 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I would love to see Madono return but not to the Wild, is like to see him back on the Dallas Stars. I’m sorry but as a die hard Northstars fan that doeant live in MN, I just can’t get behind the Wild :(

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Can someone just create a seniors league so Hasek and Modano can have somewhere to play?

  4. georgia166 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Hang it up old man and dont embarrass yourself or your legacy

    • polegojim - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Sadly, he already did that in Detroit.

      I didn’t like the signing when it happened, check… I HATED the signing…. all the ‘sniper’, and ‘pure scorer’, and ‘power play’ edge talk.

      You know how much of that actually occured? ZERO… PLUS healthy scratch for playoffs..

  5. geo91 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    the Wild didn’t just become a special team based off two signings for Modano to feel the need to try and come back for some sort of cup push, I hope he doesn’t pull a Favre

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Or maybe he wants to finish his career where it started. In Minnesota. I’d take him on as a minimum salary guy and he’d have to understand he is being brought in as a mentor to Granlund, Coyle, Zucker, etc etc.

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