Monday, July 5, 2010
Red Wings making play for Modano
By Richard Durrett
Mike Modano said Monday the Detroit Red Wings have continued pursuing him during free agency but he hasn't decided whether he wants to go through the grind of another NHL season.
"They're selling it pretty hard," Modano said. "Having a team like Detroit really interested in me is flattering. I could have some fun playing with some great players and a great organization. There's a lot of upside to it. But for me, I need to figure out in my head what I want to do."
Last week, the Dallas Stars told the 40-year-old center they would not be offering him a contract for a 21st season with the franchise.
Modano, a native of Livonia, Mich., is the NHL's all-time points (1,359) and goals (557) leader among U.S.-born players. He scored 30 points (16 goals) in 59 games last season.
"He's a local boy, a [future] Hall of Famer, yeah, I'm interested," Detroit general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press when free agency began last week. "We've had good success through the years in getting the most out of players that are nearing the end."
Richard Durrett covers the Stars for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.