Friday, April 9, 2010

v2, d40: Dallas says goodbye to Mo

I've never been the biggest Mike Modano fan in the world. In fact, earlier in his career, I couldn't stand the guy. We've both mellowed as we've grown older, though.

What Super Joe was to the Avalanche, Mike Modano has been to the Dallas Stars, and while he hasn't said for certain that this is, indeed, his last year, the writing seems to be on the wall. The man's been almost as instrumental to the last twenty years of USA hockey as he has been to the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization. Many considered it a slap in the face that he wasn't included in this past year's Olympic squad, but he's just not as fast as he used to be.

Anyway, because I've never liked Modano all that much, I can't write a fitting sentimental farewell post for him (and again, he technically hasn't retired and may still want to play another year), but I did catch this video from last night's game against the Ducks, and it was pretty awesome. Nearly choked up just a bit.

Also, after this tribute in the 3rd, Modano assisted on the tying goal and then scored the winner in the shootout in what's probably his last game in Dallas.