Mike Modano facing a Brett Favre decision

Modo5.jpgWhile he’s certainly not the NFL superstar that Brett Favre was at
the time, Mike Modano could certainly start to draw some comparisons to
the this summer to the quarterback. Just a week after the NHL regular
season ended, Modano is already answering questions about his decision
on retirement and if anything, he’s even more undecided that he was
while skating around Minnesota ice with a North Stars jersey on his
back.

Talking to reporters on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, Modano had this to say about his decision for this summer.

“It’s really hard,
I’m really kind of on the fence right now,” he said. “It’s tough. And then you watch some of
the playoffs, watch some of those games and it’s like those are
the things that you miss.”

Not helping matters
is how the Dallas Stars finished their season, missing the playoffs for
the second straight year. For a player with as much pride as Modano,
this cannot sit well.

“That’s the hard
part. You leave on a real bad taste in your mouth about how we
played,” Modano said. “That too is a real motivating factor
because you hate to end on that type of note. You like to go in the
playoffs, make a good run and have some excitement. … But then you
have a type of run like that and you’re like, ‘Hey, let’s do it
again next year.'”

So of course, the
comparisons to Brett Favre commence and what’s amazing (although not
surprising) is how Modano certainly acknowledges how the situations are
very similar. “He
still feels he
can throw and obviously he can,” Modano said. “So I can see why
we at this time get real wishy-washy about what we’re going to
do.”

Modano has not had injury issues in the
later years of his career and while he’s far from the offensive sniper
he had been in the 1990’s, he’s still a very capable two-way player with
above average speed and an incredibly accurate slapshot. So he likely
feels, and I agree, that he has something to add to an NHL team. The
Capitals thought so; they were willing to trade for him at the deadline.

Still,
Modano has a chance to go out relatively on top. The final two games of
the season were incredibly emotional for Modano and the Stars fans and
there is no way that another moment like what we witnessed two weeks ago
will ever be recreated. Modano can come back, but he runs the risk of
being forced into retirement due to injury or another disappointing
year.

And the decision may not be entirely up to him. He’s not
under contract for next year, and the the Stars have yet to decide on
whether to give a contract offer to Modano. The Stars are looking to go
younger and have a limited budget to do so. If the Stars decide to move
on without Modano, and with the franchise player aiming to become part
owner, I doubt he’ll head to another team.

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    Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss

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    The Minnesota Wild put together the kind of effort that would beat a lot of NHL teams on Tuesday. Unfortunately for that beleaguered group, it wasn’t enough to edge the Dallas Stars.

    Despite generating 40 shots on goal and generating 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Wild lost to the Stars 4-3 in overtime. With that, they’ve lost six straight games.

    (The view doesn’t get much prettier if you pull away a little further, either, as Minnesota’s only won once in the last month, going 1-9-2 in their last 12.)

    Ultimately, the Stars’ big guns were too powerful. Tyler Seguin generated two assists and so did Jamie Benn, who set up John Klingberg‘s overtime game-winning goal.

    Again, the effort sure seemed to be there for the Wild, even if they’re far beyond the point of accepting moral victories.

    As frustrating as this must be, Minnesota’s not that far from a playoff spot. Still, it has to sting to see “Close, but not good enough” as a prevailing theme as of late.

    Royal beating: Lucic, Kings crush Bruins 9-2

    As Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) looks on Los Angeles Kings' Milan Lucic waves to the crowd after a tribute to him was played on the screen during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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    The Boston Bruins welcomed Milan Lucic back on Tuesday. Maybe they shouldn’t have extended such a warm welcome to the Los Angeles Kings overall, however.

    You won’t see many games as lopsided as this one, at least in 2015-16, as the Kings walloped the Bruins by a humbling score of 9-2.

    Lucic wasn’t just there, either, as he scored a goal and an assist in his quite triumphant return to Boston.

    Tuukka Rask had a short night in Boston’s net, yet it wasn’t as if Jonas Gustavsson enjoyed his time. It was a pretty sound beating by all accounts.

    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.

    Video: Evander Kane believes he won his fights vs. Alex Petrovic

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    The Florida Panthers are beating up the Buffalo Sabres where it counts – on the scoreboard – but Evander Kane was happy to highlight his perceived victories in a couple bouts.

    Buffalo’s power forward fought Alex Petrovic twice on Tuesday, and Kane wasn’t shy about holding up a “2-0.”

    You can watch the second fight above, and the first one below, via Hockey Fights by way of MSG:

    This GIF might just say it all, really:

    Update: Apparently they fought again moments after this post went up.

    Probably safe to call it a rivalry between the two, right?

    The Panthers ultimately won 7-4.

    Fight video: Yes, a visor-breaking punch

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    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.

    Want it in GIF form? OK then: