Mike Modano decided this week that he wasn’t ready to give up playing hockey.
“I just thought about it and decided I wanted to play again,” Mike Modano said from Scotland on Thursday. “I had to figure out if I wanted to do everything again and I decided I wanted to. If it’s like it was in 1999 and the 2000s in Dallas, it would be fun and it sounds like it’s been that way there for a while now.”
Modano, who will make $1.25 million, is expected to be at a press conference on Friday in Detroit. He will likely be the third line center and play on the second power play unit. His only question now: What number to wear?
"It will either be 90 or 89, probably,” said Modano, who can't wear 9 in Detroit because it is retired in honor of Gordie Howe. “I wore 89 my first year in the league and 90 is 9 with just a zero on it. That’s really all I have to figure out at this point.”
Modano, who was pleased that the Red Wings showed so much interest in him, said his parents are excited to see him play near home. Modano grew up in Livonia, Michigan.
“If this is my last year, they’d get to see me play in more games,” Modano said. “I don’t know if this is it. I don’t have to think about that for another year.”
Modano said he’s been working out and following his same offseason routine, so he’ll be ready for the season. The Red Wings come to Dallas in the Stars’ home opener in mid October.
“It will be pretty neat to play in Dallas at the start of the season,” Modano said. “I’m not sure what to expect. It’s going to be strange, staying in a hotel in Dallas, skating out from the corner, walking past our dressing room. But it should be cool too.”