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NHL Free Agency: Mike Modano Won't Be Back With the Dallas Stars

Kyle W. BrownContributor IIJune 30, 2010

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)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

For some terribly awful reason, Dallas general manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced earlier today that the team will not be resigning long-time Star Mike Modano should he choose not to retire.

Modano, now 40, has spent all 20 years of his career within the franchise, beginning in 1988 when he became the second American-born player to be drafted first overall.

After being drafted by the Minnesota North Stars, Modano followed the team on their move to Dallas, won a Stanley Cup in 1999, and was named captain in 2003.

Since then, there has been some turmoil within the franchise, despite huge fan support since he came to the Stars. He considered leaving for Boston following his contract ending in 2005, but ended up deciding to resign. That same year he lost the captaincy of the team to Brenden Morrow, becoming an alternate.

Last year he contemplated not returning to the National Hockey League at all, but ended up coming back to the Stars for another season.

Now, the Stars have decided to completely betray their greatest and most known player in franchise history.

While it may be true that Modano hasn't been putting up the numbers that he once did, the Stars owe him loyalty and respect, the same way that he has shown it to them.

Nieuwendyk stated that the team needed to spend the cap space on younger players, to which Modano told the Associated Press he was, "disappointed and upset," and that he is leaning towards going to a new team and returning to the league.

Stars fans, speak up please, and let Modano know that we the fans could not thank him more for all the work he did for the franchise. Maybe give Nieuwendyk some hell, too.

Some career stats and accomplishments for Modano include: eight-time all-star, NHL record holder for goals and points by an American born-player, and franchise records for games played, goals, assists, and points (for both the regular season and playoffs, in all categories).

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