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Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 7:02 pm

Modano, all-time American leading scorer, retires

By Brian Stubits

Mike Modano removed any suspense (ok, there was very little) from his playing future by announcing his retirement on Wednesday.

He made the announcement in a most unusual way. He tweeted on his new account that he started up last week that he had an announcement on his future, sending followers to a link to his Facebook page making the declaration his career is over. Such are the times in which we live.

Here's what his statement had to say.

"After a long summer of thinking about my future, I've come to the decision that it's time to retire as a player from the NHL. There's way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it's been!"

Modano played his entire career with the Stars organization except his final one, which he spent in his hometown of Detroit with the Red Wings. The seven-time All-Star finishes his career with 561 goals (a career-high 50 in the Stars' first season in Dallas back in 1993-94) and 813 assists.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Modano will go down as the greatest American scorer in history. Needless to say, there won't be any discussion on if he is Hall of Fame bound or not; he can prepare his speech now.

He also has the honor of retiring having hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.

The thing about Modano was that he was more than a great player, he was the face of a franchise. Fans in Dallas have done a good job latching on to hockey since the Stars moved to the South, with Modano being the focal point. His is a jersey that will forever be viewed as a timeless classic among Dallas hockey fans, something they can wear forever.

The impression he helped make in Texas was felt this year at the draft when Texas-born Stefan Noesen was selected in the first round by the Senators. Heck, there has even been a push to get an NHL team in Houston. Texas will always be a football state with a lot vested in baseball and basketball, but there is room for hockey. Modano is a big reason why.

But moreover, his reach stretched across America, seeing as his place in American hockey history will be in the upper echelon, if not at the top (we aren't going to start that fight here, carry it out on the message boards if you want). Just check out what Ducks forward Bobby Ryan had to say earlier today on Twitter.

"Congrats to Mike Modano on a great career! The reason I picked number 9! What an awesome player, thanks for showing young Americans the way!"

If that doesn't say it all, not much will.

And for your next bar trivia game, he is also the last player to retire who played an NHL game in the 1980s.

Modano also had a brief cameo appearance in the 1992 hockey movie, The Mighty Ducks, along with former NHL player Basil McRae. Modano only had two lines in the movie: "Oh yeah, I thought you were a farmer," and "take it easy." Here's a clip from last season that featured Modano talking about his appearance in the movie, as well as the following it still has to this day.

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:48 pm

Selanne says he'll announce intentions in Sept.

By Brian Stubits

The Anaheim Ducks are patiently waiting to hear word from Teemu Selanne whether or not he will return next season or retire. Apparently, they will have to wait until September.

Selanne told a Finnish newspaper (God bless Google translate) that he will wait until then to make an announcement, saying it is fair to both the team and himself to wait and see how his knee is doing. It was revealed after the Ducks' playoff run that Selanne had actually been bothered by a bum knee, which required arthroscopic surgery on July 1.

While he is a free agent, it's been made clear that if Selanne returns for another season, it will be with the Ducks, the team he has played for the last six seasons (and an earlier five-plus year stretch). And it's not as if the Ducks will have a problem waiting. Selanne had a tremendous season at the ripe age of 40. In 73 games he had 31 goals and 49 assists, better than a point per game. Seems the Finnish Flash still has some juice.

His teammates would love to have him back, too. Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry has sent Selanne text messages, trying to encourage him to return. Ryan Getzlaf has also been in contact with Selanne about a return.

If Selanne does return, he'd help the Ducks go for a deeper run in the playoffs, aiding the core of Perry, Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Cam Fowler. He was the team's second-leading scorer last season, so his loss would be a big hit for the growing team.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:42 am
Edited on: March 3, 2011 2:08 am

Morning skate: Flames lose game, maybe Morrison

The Calgary Flames may have lost more than a crucial couple points when they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, at the United Center on Wednesday. 

First-line center Brendan Morrison skated gingerly off the ice in the third period and did not return. NHL.com’s Dan Rosen reports that Flames coach Brent Sutter didn’t specify or how bad it might be. 

The victory by the Blackhawks -- their season-best sixth in a row -- moved the defendding Stanley Cup champs to fourth in the West.

Nine of the 10 teams in action Wednesday have at least a fathomable  shot at the postseason and the only one that didn't (the New York Islanders) played the role of spoilers. Here’s our playoff race tracker

GILLIES WASTES NO TIME: In his first game back from a nine-game suspension, New York Islanders forward Trevor Gillies went a little more than a period before he repeated the offense. Gillies blindsided Minnesota Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck, whose head hit the glass after the collision. (Clutterbuck had just hit Islanders rookie Justin DiBenedetto, which drew a penalty as well.) Gillies was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Clutterbuck got back up and was in the lineup as the Wild fell, 4-1. Chris Botta of The New York Time’s Slap Shot blog gives a full rundown with video

PARISE ON THE MEND: New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise was cleared to skate on Wednesday, three months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. “He can begin skating lightly immediately,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said in a story on the team’s website. Parise has been out 51 games since hurting his knee Oct. 30. Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports that Parise would need a minimum of two more weeks of rehab before he can practice with the team, although there’s still a decent chance he could return by the end of the season. New Jersey edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, to keep the Devils’ slim playoffs hopes alive. 

LINE CHAGES: The Toronto Maple Leafs unlikely run for a playoff spot continued with a 3-2 OT victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mikhail Grabovski scored 42 seconds into the extra frame as the Leafs moved to within two points of the Carolina Hurricanes, who tenuously hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.  .  . . Bobby Ryan’s goal via penalty shot in overtime hoisted the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Ryan was hauled down by Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei just as he reached the net, resulting in the ref pointing to center ice. Here a link to the video
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