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Monday, August 9, 2010
Dallas mainstay Mike Modano moves on

By Micah Adams, ESPN Stats and Information

LeBron ... Oswalt ... Modano?

So far this summer, Roy Oswalt and an NBA superstar (I think his name is LeBron something) made headlines by leaving the only teams they have ever known in order to pursue a championship elsewhere. Oswalt left Houston after over nine years, winning 143 games, good for second in franchise history. Meanwhile, LeBron James has long been Ohio’s native son, starring at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron and later carrying the title of Cleveland Cavalier’s savior after being drafted #1 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. He leaves the Cavaliers as their all-time leader in points, steals, free throws, and minutes played. Needless to say, both Oswalt and James are icons for their respective franchises.

But when it comes to longevity, neither can hold a candle to Mike Modano.

Last week, Modano agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings after spending 20 seasons with the Dallas Stars. Modano has been such a mainstay on the ice that he was with the team before they moved to Dallas, back when they were the Minnesota North Stars and he was doing cameos with Emilio Estevez on the Mighty Ducks. After being drafted first overall in the 1988 NHL Draft, he went on to set franchise records for points, goals, assists, and games played. Additionally Modano ranks 21st all-time in NHL goals, the highest ranking of any American-born player ... ever.

In keeping with the theme of franchise players moving on from the only team they have ever known, here are a few more examples which quite frankly, blow James and Oswalt out of the water. Each of these athletes played at least 15 seasons for their original team before leaving in the twilight of their career.

Mike Modano
Mike Modano

Mike Modano


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Karl Malone
Karl Malone

Karl Malone


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Ray Bourque
Ray Bourque

Ray Bourque


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Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice


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Tim Brown
Tim Brown

Tim Brown


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