Babcock believes Modano headed to Detroit

Detroit coach Mike Babcock told NHL.com today that he is confident Mike Modano will sign a deal with the Detroit Red Wings. Here's an excerpt from Dan Rosen's story:

Detroit coach Mike Babcock firmly believes it's only a matter of time before Mike Modano signs with the Red Wings.

Modano, an unrestricted free agent, is reportedly being courted by the Red Wings, Minnesota and San Jose, but Babcock met with him in Detroit earlier in the week and the vibe he got suggests that the former Dallas Stars great is intrigued by the idea of going home to Michigan.

Modano was born in Livonia, which is only a short drive from Joe Louis Arena.

"This is a no brainer for Mike Modano -- the highest scoring American player of all time to come back to your hometown, play in Hockeytown," Babcock told NHL.com Friday. "It's not about the cash, it's about the legacy and the fit. He'll fit and he'll be excited to play. I look forward to him signing. I think that's inevitable. I think that's what is going to happen."

Babcock also said he could be wrong on this because he's been on wrong on these kinds of things before. The rest of Rosen's story and Babcock's thoughts are here.