It’s fitting that Mike Modano may be playing his final NHL game
tonight where it all began, in Minnesota as the Dallas Stars take on the
Wild in the final game of the season.
As I stated on Thursday,
I’m not going to go over his great career in detail just yet as there is
still a possibility that he returns next season. Modano is not one to
give up easily, and with his parents calling for him to keep playing who
knows what he decides. I have a feeling that his decision will be
determined on whether the Dallas Stars offer him a contract for next
“A lot of
people have said to keep going and go as long as you can, but
sometimes the scenario and the situation isn’t such,” Modano said.
“Those factors will be played out as the summer goes on. It’s hard to
make those decisions right now. I need some time, I think.”
Five years ago, Modano’s
representatives contacted the Wild and offered a proposal: Modano
wanted to finish his career where it started, in Minnesota, and was
willing to sign a three-year contract. The money apparently wasn’t a
problem. But the length of the contract was. Three years were one more
than former general manager Doug Risebrough thought were prudent to
give a 35-year-old free agent with a lot of hard miles on him.
would end up taking a ‘home-town discount’ to stay with the Dallas
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.