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Detroit Red Wings still in pursuit of Mike Modano

Mike Modano

Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, wearing a Minnesota North Stars jersey, waves to the fans after an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, April 10, 2010. The Stars beat the Wild 4-3 in a shoot-out. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)


Sports fans all have their worst nightmare scenarios, particularly when it comes to a great, long-time player suiting up for a hated rival. It would be like Wayne Gretzky wearing a Calgary Flames sweater or Mario Lemieux skating for the Philadelphia Flyers. Some things just seem wrong.

So Dallas Stars fans must be at least a little horrified by the concept of Mike Modano - the face of their franchise - finishing his career wearing the Winged Wheel in Detroit. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas shares the Red Wings’ courtship of their former rival’s star.

“They’re selling it pretty hard,” Modano said. “Having a team like Detroit really interested in me is flattering. I could have some fun playing with some great players and a great organization. There’s a lot of upside to it. But for me, I need to figure out in my head what I want to do.”

It seemed like Modano had the perfect send-off in Dallas (and Minnesota), but it’s his right to choose when he retires. Watching him play for the Red Wings would be painful for Stars fans, but in sports, sometimes you have to accept such disturbing visions.