Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Modano puts off decision until August
By Richard Durrett
Free agent Mike Modano said Tuesday that he will wait until he's had a chance to skate some in early August before making a decision on his future.
Modano is still contemplating whether to play next season at age 40. He was told by the Dallas Stars this summer that the organization was moving forward with younger players and would not be bringing him back.
Modano has talked with the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild about the possibility of playing next season.
The Red Wings have an offer of $1.25 million for one-year on the table for Modano, and the Detroit Free Press reports there is room for Detroit to increase that offer if needed. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told NHL.com on Friday that he's confident Modano will decide on the Wings.
"This is a no brainer for Mike Modano -- the highest-scoring American player of all time to come back to your hometown, play in Hockeytown," Babcock told NHL.com. "It's not about the cash. It's about the legacy and the fit. He'll fit and he'll be excited to play. I look forward to him signing. I think that's inevitable. I think that's what is going to happen."
Modano still has to decide if he wants to put his body through the grind of another season, though. But if he plays in Detroit, he'd likely play on a line with Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler and on the second power-play unit.
He'd also get a chance to play near home. Modano's parents live near Detroit.
Richard Durrett covers the Stars for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.