Two Minutes w/ Modano

Had a chance to catch up with Mike Modano yesterday…

As was reported late last week he has signed a one-year deal to join the Detroit Red Wings as their third line center.

A few weeks ago I tweeted that Modano had spoken with good friend Jeremy Roenick at length about his impending decision to come back or retire…and at Friday’s press conference it was noted that he also consulted with Brett Hull. What I found interesting yesterday was that he talked with several other athletes as well – and not just from the world of hockey – while mulling things over.

For example, at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe last month he spoke with “a number of guys,” including Charles Barkley, Marcus Allen and Joe Sakic.  According to Mike, “Everyone had their own spin on things.”  Understandably so when you look at that trio.

Sakic spent his entire 20 year career with the same organization (although in two cities, due to the team moving from Quebec).  Allen played nearly a full career with the Raiders.  Then, feeling that he wasn’t done yet after 11 seasons in the silver and black, he signed with Kansas City as a free agent – where he had a few productive years.  Barkley played for three teams – starting in Philly for eight years before being traded to the Suns and then getting shipped to Houston four years later.

Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and Barkley to the Basketball version in 2006.  Additionally, Barkley was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.  So any thoughts of their legacy’s being tarnished by changing teams should be dismissed.  Emotions may have been running high at the moments they put on new jerseys – however, in the long run, logic prevailed.

Regarding his own tough decision, Modano said “it just came down to having a chance to play for the Wings and how (Mike) Babcock and (Ken) Holland were throughout the whole process.”  He is a big fan of several players in Detroit, adding “their line up had a lot to do with that decision.”

NHL players and fans both love to look over the schedule when it first comes out and circle the big games and key match-ups.  Modano is no different.  When I asked him if he was intrigued by the thought of facing former teammate Marty Turco, now with the division rival Blackhawks or if he had a feel for any of the other Red Wings rivalries, he was focused on one game…as you can imagine…”I’m looking forward to the Stars home opener against Detroit!”

Yes, indeed.  Opening night in Dallas this year is going to have a whole new meaning.

If you watched Mike Modano last season, then you know…he still has more to give.  Although it will be awkward to see him in red and white…and wearing #90, instead of his trademark #9…given the choices available, I’m glad he’ll be back for another season.  He’s a hockey legend.  And the game needs more people like Mo.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119

RELATED ARTICLES

Extensive Interview w/ Mike Modano

The Mayor previews Kings-Stars game for ESPN

Players speak out on Luc Robitaille

Roenick previews WJC for Mayors Manor

Interview w/ Marcel Dionne

.

Recent Articles

carter-jeff-kings-50th-anniversary

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Kings MVP, Gaborik Injury, Sharks Rivalry

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon, to discuss the Kings and Sharks. Some of the topics touched on included: Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Nic Dowd, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jonathan Quick, Peter Budaj, roster moves, injuries, […]

Sirius XM NHL Network

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven, Davis, Bernstein, Pagnotta after Kings-Ducks

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven and Jonathan Davis on NHL Network Radio following the Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, where they were joined by Dennis Bernstein and Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period magazine, as well as actor Michael Rosenbaum, and a host of other special guests. Some of the topics discussed […]

doughty_lewis_andy_article

Kings – Pacific Division Pretender Or Contender?

There’s an old adage in hockey that says you can’t win a division in the first month of the season, but you sure can lose it. Through the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, the LA Kings may not be eliminated from Pacific Division contention, but the road to the title is going to be […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News