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Friday, May 7, 2010
Player review: Mike Modano

By Richard Durrett

As a reminder, you can see all of our player reviews on the Stars blog. These are just quick entries that talk about how each player did last year and a sneak peek on what we can expect next season.

Mike Modano
Mike Modano put on a North Stars jersey after the season finale in Minnesota, where his career started and may have ended.
Today's player: Mike Modano

If Mike Modano did, in fact, end his career this season, it was a good way to go out. No, there wasn't any run at a second Stanley Cup (and a fourth Finals appearance). But Modano had a memorable final home game and then got a chance to skate around in a North Stars jersey after the last game of the season in Minnesota. It was emotional for Modano and many of his teammates.

Does Modano still have some game left as a 40-year-old next season? I think so. But the question is where he might fit in and what his job description would be. With the Stars' depth at center, it's tough to see how he fits in with Dallas. If he really wants to play, there could be a market out there for a veteran forward that can play on the power play.

It would be difficult to see Modano in anything but a Stars jersey. He's been with the same organization since he was drafted first overall in 1988. This season, Modano was moved around to a few lines and saw his ice time go down. He averaged 14:18 in ice time per game, down exactly four minutes from what it was in 2008-09.

Modano had 30 points this season and was minus-6. He had three power-play goals. Modano played with a variety of wingers and was even on the fourth line at times, too. With Brad Richards, Jamie Benn, Tom Wandell and Mike Ribeiro right now, it's tough to find a slot for Modano. If the Stars were to trade Ribeiro or other moves were made, maybe that changes things. But it's difficult to imagine where Modano fits in here.

The former Stars captain said he wants to take some time and think about things. He expects to make a decision at some point this summer on his future. The good news is that if Modano does end up retiring, he might not be leaving the organization. He's involved with Billy Quinn and Jim Lites in a group trying to purchase the Stars from Hicks Sports Group. No matter which group wins that bidding, you would think Modano will be involved in some capacity. And he wants to be.

So what do you think Modano will decide to do? What do you want to see him do?