Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings: Holland May Offer Mike Modano a Deal, but Shouldn't

DALLAS - APRIL 08:  Center Mike Modano #9 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on April 8, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Matt HutterAnalyst IJune 29, 2010

I'm not trying to start anything here.

I have no inside knowledge. I haven't heard any rumors, or even whispers of rumors, from the Detroit Red Wings front office.

Just call it a hunch.

For the past two decades, the Red Wings have been the most successful franchise in the NHL.

A great deal of that success has been the result of acquiring veteran talent, often plucked from the scrap heaps of other teams.

Larry Murphy, Steve Duchesne, Brett Hull, or Luc Robitaille anyone?

But, for every one of these players, there's a Wendel Clark or Jamie Macoun lurking in the darkness.

Someone who came in and did little to nothing to help the team.

There's no doubt the Red Wings are erotically attracted to veteran players.

This being the case, they should jump into a cold shower until Mike Modano retires or is signed by another team.

The Dallas Stars have made it crystal clear that they will not offer Modano a new contract.

Even though he's 40, and his best hockey is well behind him, Modano is still in excellent shape and has not decided to retire—yet.

He may still have one more year of passion and pride left.

One more year of hunger and drive to help a team win a Stanley Cup.

Modano already has more money than he can ever spend. He won't be looking for a lucrative offer.

A one-year, $1 million deal should be enough to lure him, if offered by the right team.

Would he take that to come to Detroit, to end his career where it all began (Modano hails from Livonia, MI)?

Almost certainly.

However, as storybook-ish an ending as that would be to his fantastic career, the Wings should resist the urge to play Fairy Godmother.

As sexy an idea as it might be to have Modano suit up as a Red Wing, the fact remains that his effectiveness is waning, if not waned. He is now chronically prone to injuries.

To spend any money on Modano would be to take money away from a guy like Darren Helm or Justin Abdelkader.

While I'd never assert that either of these two would, on their very best day, rise to the level of Modano in his prime, they are nonetheless a key part of Detroit's future.

Spending what money they have to secure a suitable swan song for hometown boys at the expense of blooming promise is a move few, not even Ken Holland, could adequately justify.

Still, if history is any guide, you've got to believe Modano's availability got some wheels turning inside Ken Holland's head.

Turning wheels of this kind are fine, so long as they break down early.

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