Some in the hockey world have be waiting all of season for to hear one man’s decision, and it looks like we will be waiting for probably another month. The greatest American-born player in NHL history, Mike Modano has said that he still has not made up his mind, and will make announce which route he is going to take in mid September.
ESPN Dallas had a chat with Modano this last weekend (Story) and talked with him briefly about what is going on with him. It appears Modano has begun looking into jobs and opportunities that he might have if he does decide to call it quits and I believe that is the right route. Mo of course played this last season with the Detroit Red Wings after deciding last off-season that he wanted to still play after he and the Stars split ways when GM Joe decided the Stars needed to start going down the rebuilding road without Modano. So we watched as the face of hockey in Dallas and American hockey left to where the hated red & white sweater, only for him to again fall out of the lineup because of an injury (something that happened a few times over his final couple of seasons in Dallas). The injury was a fluke incident in which a skate caught him on the wrist, but it cost him the season really. He played 40 games total, but looked out of place and struggled coming back. So much that Modano was riding the bench in the postseason, something I’m sure he did not enjoy.
So here we are again. Does he try to give it one more go or at 41 should Mike finally just call it quits. Unlike last summer, when I was adamant that he should have retired and dreaded him going to Detroit, I am not so eagerly hoping for his retirement. If Modano feels he should give it one more go, then I support him and hope he does get to play a full season. But I do think that now more then ever, it is time. He really does not look like Mike Modano anymore on the ice, and the longer he keeps putting it off, the more I think he will finally hang the skates up. Just say the words Mo. Let the tears come flowing out one more time, and come home to Texas. I’m sure Joe has a nice office and comfy chair waiting for you here, and you will once again be the favorite with the fans here in Dallas.
Come on home Mo, and just say no - Sincerely your biggest fan, Austin.