Thursday, April 1, 2010
Modano's parents to attend Stars' finale
By Richard Durrett
FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars center Mike Modano has not decided if he's retiring after this season, but he did acknowledge Thursday that the club's next five games could be his last in a Stars uniform.
Modano said his parents will be in attendance when the club plays the Wild in Minnesota in the final game of the regular season on April 10. The Stars' final home game of the season is next Thursday.
"I don't know if that one is going to be it," Modano said. "But it is kind of rare and ironic if it ends in Minnesota."
Modano, 39, has had a few weeks to contemplate his future after undergoing an emergency appendectomy in March. He said he's pondered the fact that his career could be ending.
"I think about it," said Modano, who has 13 goals and 13 assists in 54 games this season. "If things don't work out over the course of the month or two after the season, that could be it."
Modano said he's talked some with general manager Joe Nieuwendyk and has a handful of factors to consider before making a decision. Modano wants to see how he feels physically and, just as important, mentally.
He also wants to see if he's a good fit for the club next season, depending on which players are re-signed and how the team is formed.
"It's a hard decision to make," Modano said. "I've got to look at all those factors and sit down with Joe and figure it out."
Modano has played his entire career with the Stars franchise and is the points leader among U.S.-born NHL players. He was drafted first overall by Minnesota in 1988 and moved with the franchise to Dallas.
Modano has participated in three Winter Olympics, the world cup in 1996 and seven All-Star Games. Modano has played in three Stanley Cup Finals series, winning the Cup with Dallas in 1999.
Richard Durrett covers the Stars for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.