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
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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