Could it be true that Mike Modano, the all-time point leading player for all American born players could be returning back to the NHL?
“It would be a real fitting ending to a career obviously, going back to Minnesota and what that town and the fans meant to me,” Modano stated. “To play with those guys and to play in front of the fans again, where it started, would be pretty unique. In some ways it was a bit kidding, but in some sense maybe it wasn’t.”
There are several good reasons why Modano returning to the NHL could possibly happen.
First off Modano would be joining the newly upgraded Minnesota Wild as the Wild sign the two top free agents this summer, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to large contacts. Modano would also be joining team captain Mikko Koivu and star winger Dany Heatley.
This above point leads into the fact that Modano started his career in Minnesota where he played four seasons. So why not rejoin the city where you started your career; The Wild are a much better team now, making playing next season worth wild.
Also if the Wild do make a push to sign Modano it would be good for the City because it should continue to up the team’s revenue with ticket sale, merchandise and what not.
The last point is Modano’s ability on and off the ice; unlike Dominick Hasek who is attempting to come back to the NHL at age 47. Modano is five year’s younger, but what I believe Modano brings is still play making skills and leadership both in the locker room and on the ice.
In my opinion, I personally would like to see Modano play one more season; I strongly feel that it would be well worth the effort. Even if Modano comes back as a bottom six forwards, I believe Modano, at age 42, can bring his game to play at an NHL level.
What are your thoughts on if Modano would make a comeback to Minnesota for one season?