It's official. Veteran forward Mike Modano has agreed to sign with the Detroit Red Wings to play another year in the NHL. Modano, 40, joins the third team in his career (Minnesota, Dallas) in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup for one last time. Mike led the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup championship in 1999, roughly 11 years ago.
Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland hopes that Modano is the piece that will bring the team to one more championship.
Reading from the Detroit Free Press. The team expects Modano to play center ice position again. Mike Babcock was interviewed privately with the Free Press talking about the team pairing up Datsyuk and Zetterberg for the upcoming season. Also on that line will be veteran net presence Tomas Holmstrom. On the second line, the Red Wings are expected to have Valtteri Filppula center Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen to form the top-6 unit. Then slot in Modano with Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler. If not the best in the NHL, the trio will be one of the best third lines in the league.
This information is revealed from a text message from Mike Modano on Monday saying to the newspaper, "Big announcement Thursday."
Once again, Kenny Holland has pieced together one of the most formidable teams on the ice. We will see if the Red Wings can regain their position atop the Western Conference and perhaps challenge for the President's trophy for top of the standings in the NHL.
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