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08:15 AM ET 07.11 | With another July comes another Mike Modano watch. Modano said Friday that he will likely decide on his NHL future in the next month. "Not really in a rush to make a decision one way or another about what's going to happen," he said, "but I'll probably make an announcement in two or three weeks if I want to play or if that's it." The 41-year-old spoke with media members prior to a batting cage session at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Modano was taking part in a training camp for Saturday's Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at the same venue. The former Dallas Stars center said he has been "taking it easy" since finishing the 2010-11 season with the Detroit Red Wings.

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July 11, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Don't do it Mike.

July 11, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Stop taking call from Brett Fa***, Mike.

July 11, 2011  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Stop taking calls from Brett Fa***, Mike.

Oops...

July 11, 2011  08:45 AM ET

The former Dallas Stars center said he has been "taking it easy" since finishing the 2010-11 season with the Detroit Red Wings.

And here I thought he was "taking it easy" during the season as well...Are there any teams out there that would be interested in him? Cuz I sure wouldn't be...

July 11, 2011  09:25 AM ET

He aint no Recchi. Recchi coulda probably put another 40 point season out there, I don't see Modano being able to contribute at that level.

July 11, 2011  09:39 AM ET

Mike Modano chanelling his inner Larry Holmes

July 11, 2011  10:37 AM ET

he was lucky enough (to the detriment of his legacy) to get picked up by the wings. He shouldn't push his luck.

July 11, 2011  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The former Dallas Stars center said he has been "taking it easy" since finishing the 2010-11 season with the Detroit Red Wings.And here I thought he was "taking it easy" during the season as well...Are there any teams out there that would be interested in him? Cuz I sure wouldn't be...

He's been taking it easy for at least a decade. You don't accidentally get stripped of a captaincy by the team you hold all the records for.

He's waiting a few weeks because he's putting feelers out, again. No way Detroit gives him another victory lap, so that's out. Minnesota took strides towards relevancy this off-season with their moves, so I would think they will pass on an aged defensive liability as well. His only chance lies with Dallas, in my opinion.

They embarassed themselves with the Richards fiasco. Until they get their ownership issues resolved, they need to do SOMETHING to endear themselves to their fans, especially if the NFL and NBA are on strike. Fans could watch one more victory lap while their team fails to make the playoffs again - might be the only part of that club worth watching for their fans next year.

July 11, 2011  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He's been taking it easy for at least a decade. You don't accidentally get stripped of a captaincy by the team you hold all the records for.He's waiting a few weeks because he's putting feelers out, again. No way Detroit gives him another victory lap, so that's out. Minnesota took strides towards relevancy this off-season with their moves, so I would think they will pass on an aged defensive liability as well. His only chance lies with Dallas, in my opinion. They embarassed themselves with the Richards fiasco. Until they get their ownership issues resolved, they need to do SOMETHING to endear themselves to their fans, especially if the NFL and NBA are on strike. Fans could watch one more victory lap while their team fails to make the playoffs again - might be the only part of that club worth watching for their fans next year.

Sounds good to me...I always thought he was an overrated pretty boy anyway...numbers or no numbers.
Detroit is too smart an organization to re-up with him.

July 11, 2011  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't do it Mike.

Btw, this is not a Wings thread. ;-)

July 11, 2011  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Btw, this is not a Wings thread. ;-)

Maybe not but at least it's not a Wild thread!

July 11, 2011  11:31 AM ET

I've never been a Modano fan - never, ever could stand him, from his draft day on, for whatever reason - but I can respect the career he has had in terms of American Hockey, and I think its a bit sad that he's going to get pushed out rather than go out on his own terms.

Mind you, if I were in his shoes, I'd want to squeeze out every game I could before retiring. If there's enough left in the tank for another lap, why walk away? Unfortunately, for most, that decision is based on a love of the game. For Modano, as always, its about the money. Though I hear this team he actually NEEDS it.

July 11, 2011  11:51 AM ET

And we could have had a Wild thread.

July 11, 2011  11:56 AM ET

Stay home and take care of that good looking wife, Mike

July 11, 2011  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I've never been a Modano fan - never, ever could stand him, from his draft day on, for whatever reason - but I can respect the career he has had in terms of American Hockey, and I think its a bit sad that he's going to get pushed out rather than go out on his own terms.Mind you, if I were in his shoes, I'd want to squeeze out every game I could before retiring. If there's enough left in the tank for another lap, why walk away? Unfortunately, for most, that decision is based on a love of the game. For Modano, as always, its about the money. Though I hear this team he actually NEEDS it.

He apparently lost a ton in some bad deals a few years ago.

July 11, 2011  12:15 PM ET

Yeah he's sticking around for the money. A few years back some bad advisors cost him somewhere between 5-15 million. Independent reports said 15 and he said it was more like 5. I think that's the number one reason he didn't retire 2-3 years ago.

July 11, 2011  12:16 PM ET

As one of your biggest fans, Mike, please don't. Go down in history as one of the best to ever play the game, not someone who just could not hang them up. Your season in Detroit should ring a bell....

July 11, 2011  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't do it Mike.

Sing with the Leafs Mike! ;)

July 11, 2011  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Yeah he's sticking around for the money. A few years back some bad advisors cost him somewhere between 5-15 million. Independent reports said 15 and he said it was more like 5. I think that's the number one reason he didn't retire 2-3 years ago.

Was he involved in that deal with Len Barrie, do you know?

Barrie being one of the 2 former owners of the Lightning - the one who was getting financing for a "Lodge" in Alberta till people started looking for progress...

 
July 11, 2011  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

As one of your biggest fans, Mike, please don't. Go down in history as one of the best to ever play the game, not someone who just could not hang them up. Your season in Detroit should ring a bell....

Whoa, whoa, whoa. One of the greatest of all-time? I hope you mean in a Hall of Fame sense, not in an elite HOF way like a Gretz or a Howe.

Modano is likely the greatest American player ever - certainly the highest scoring - but he's not elite, overall. He deserves his spot in the HOF, no doubt, but were he Canadian (or even Russian), there would be significantly less hype about his accomplishments. Perhaps that's only my biased opinion, but I find Modano ridiculously over-respected for a guy stripped of 2 captaincies who was an also-ran when his team actually won a controversial Cup and has no personal hardware to speak of. And has all his teeth after 22 yrs in the league.

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