Saturday, May 14, 2011
Mike Modano discusses future
By Mark Stepneski
The Detroit Red Wings cleaned out their lockers today and that meant forward Mike Modano spent some time discussing his future with the Detroit media.
"I’m not sure what I’m going to do," Modano told reporters. "Your knee-jerk reaction is to walk away considering the way things ended and not give it a chance, but I think you need to give it a fair assessment, a long thought process and then hopefully I can come up with answer."
He did indicate he is leaning towards not playing another season.
"It’s kind of 75-25 [percent] not returning," Modano said. "It’s been kind of tough. The last couple years I’ve tried to grasp onto something that maybe isn’t there and some magical moment in time where you can rewind the clocks and have a great year. I thought coming here would be that remedy, but with the injury and the way things went, it just wasn’t meant to be."
Modano played in just 40 regular season games in 2010-11 due to a wrist injury. All that missed time left him out of the mix when the playoffs rolled around, and he suited up in only two of Detroit's postseason games. It was frustrating for Modano, who received high praise from Detroit coach Mike Babcock.
"I think Mike Modano is a phenomenal guy," Babcock told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun today. "He brought a lot to our team. Part of his legacy will be what a great example he was for our young players even when he wasn't in the lineup. He had a great attitude through it all."
Modano said he'll eventually head back to Dallas and think things over. He said he'll probably talk the Dallas Stars about a job in the organization if he does decide to hang up the skates. But he did add that job would depend on the ownership situation.