Modano to Wild? He'd consider
Mike Modano announced his retirement last summer, but the former Minnesota North Star told radio host Josh Rimer that he'd listen if the Minnesota Wild asked him to return to the NHL.
“If the Wild contacted me I’d listen to what they would have to say, certainly would be a fitting ending to a career obviously going back to Minnesota and what that town and what the fans meant to me,” Modano said. ”To play with those guys (Zach Parise/Ryan Suter) and play in front of the fans again back where it started would be pretty unique.”
Nobody is exactly sure how serious Modano was about the claim. The former first-overall pick finished his career with 1,374 points in 1,499 games between the North Stars, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings.
Like I said when he went to the Wings, Modano's earned the right to choose when to quit. He did that. It's time to lace 'em up for good now, Mo, as much as I would love seeing him back with a Minnesota jersey on.
Modano talks too much. He should have retired before coming to Detroit.
I mean he wouldn't be a difference maker anyway, I mean, it would be "cool" etc..but at the end of the day he would just have stolen a younger guy the chance to develop. And because he is not good enough anymore, i would not even sign him for minimum.
I mean as a assistant coach or youth coordinator - sure.
Even if he'd consider it, the Wild would slam the door in his face. They were only interested in him a couple years ago. He chose the Wings. The Wild are not going to give their last one or two remaining contracts to a guy who retired a year ago. That is NOT the direction they're going. As Russo said, it's not happening.
I never understood why he didn't go to Minnesota instead of Detroit.
I know he probably wanted a Cup, but he would have left much more of a legacy as the only player to play for both Minnesota teams than joining a contender to win a cup at the end of his career (a la Payton and Malone).