The clock is ticking, but sadly I do not think many Dallas Stars fans really care anymore. We are less then a week away from September and long-time Star Jere Lehtinen still is trying to make up his mind on if he wants to come back and play one more year. The problem to me is, can he actually make it through another season. The last 3 seasons it seems like Jere has been off the ice as much he has been on it. He has played 48, 48 and 58 games in the last 3 seasons and it looked bad this last year. In 58 games last season he had 4 goals and 13 assists, and his offensive game really seemed to be a level lower then even the last few years. I know he is a world class defensive forward and a loved player in the franchise. But why are we waiting around for Lehtinen but pushed Modano out the door? Riddle me this!
Is this confusing to anyone else? The face of the franchise for so many years, getting up there in age, is pushed out the door while he tries to decide if he wants to play one more year. Another lifetime Stars player who is a big name too, but not near as big, and he gets all the time in the world to decide. I am seriously confused! I am not hating on Jere, but he is really starting to look his age. Can’t stay healthy for more then a month at a time, the offense is not there anymore, and at this point he is only here cause this team needs 3rd and 4th line forwards since they don’t have money to spend and Dallas does not want to bring every young guy up the NHL. I think if for some reason or way Modano stays here, Lehtinen does not have a spot. But I don’t get the forcing of Modano out and then just letting Lehtinen take his time.