Monday, June 21, 2010
Modano: If he plays, it may not be in Dallas
By Richard Durrett
DALLAS -- Mike Modano said he's going to wait until at least July to see what type of interest there is on the free agent market before deciding about his future. But he sounds like a player who doesn't expect to return to the Stars.
"The more and more I look at the situation here, I come to believe I’m not in the scheme of things here," Modano said before going on the air with Ben & Skin on ESPN 103.3 FM at Go Fish Ocean Club as part of Lunch with a Legend on Monday. "If I had to play, I may have to look at going elsewhere."
Free agency in the NHL begins on July 1. At that point, Modano will see what kind of interest other teams have in him. But he hasn't decided if he wants to play anywhere but Dallas.
"It depends what kind of interest and what teams," Modano said. "I’d probably take two or three weeks in that month and see who comes calling and if there’s connection with those teams that call. I'd want to play for a competitive team, someone that might have a legitmate shot at it."
Modano also said how he's used on the ice would factor into his decision.
"It depends on who I’d play with and who I feel I can make some plays and make decisions with on the ice," Modano said. "I just need help as far as quickness and pace of the game now. You can’t make it work the way you used to with any given linemate. You need help how."
Modano said he's continued his offseason workouts as if he's playing, which was his plan even before the season ended.
"You always feel you can still play," Modano said. "I’m working out like I’m going to play. If I do get an opportunity to do something, I'd be ready. If not, I’ll come to the end of July and say, ‘That’s it.’"
Modano acknowledged that it's "never the same," for athletes that leave a longtime team and go somewhere else.
"It never seems to be a fit," Modano said. "[Brett] Favre is the only one I can think of in the last half-dozen or so years that it worked out. That's why it would depend on who's on the team, who the coach is, do I have a relationship with guys on the team. You have to go do a good, challenging, competitive team."
Brett Hull, a Stars VP, appeared with Modano at the Lunch with a Legend on Monday and clearly believes Modano should return.
"I think you'd be crazy not to look at the endless possibilities Mike gives a team," Hull said on the air with Ben & Skin. "He can fill in or even play on your top-2 offensive lines. He’s one of the most intelligent players. I don’t see how any team wouldn't want him. I think he’s crazy to quit, whether it’s here or another team."