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Mike Modano not making decision on retirement just yet

Mike Modano was on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas this morning, and discussed -- among a number of other topics -- his future with the team. The Dallas Morning News has the transcript of his interview, including these thoughts on the possibilities of playing next season:

Well, it’s tough to say. I enjoy watching the playoffs, and I think, when you watch those guys still playing, I think that kind of gets you excited about the game and the sport, and to see some of the Cinderella stories that have happened this spring and things like that. When you get older you always want to have chances and runs in the playoffs. The last couple of years we haven’t made the playoffs obviously, so you always want to leave on a good, positive high note and it hasn’t happened the last couple of years so I don’t know. I’ll have to talk to a lot of people and wait and see what happens with the Stars and wait to see what happens with free agency and what type of moves they’re going to make, if any.

So, yeah. Completely non-committal, with a hint of Brett Favre-esque “I still miss the game” and “I don’t know if I’m ready to give up on the game” approach to the summer.

Mike Modano is a proud hockey player, and you know the fact that the Stars have come up so short the past few seasons is weighing heavily on his heart. There’s no guarantees that the Stars will be back in the playoffs next season, and depending on what happens with the ownership situation there’s still a chance the Stars make moves this summer to try and take the next step.

If the Stars do improve into a playoff team next season, then you know Modano would love to be part of one last postseason run. Still, you have to feel that after the goodbyes and farewells at the end of the season, this just feels like the right time for Modano to hang up the skates.

Of course, it also depends on whether the Stars are willing to pay for Modano to return.