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Modano’s final game could come in Minnesota

It’s fitting that Mike Modano may be playing his final NHL game tonight where it all began, in Minnesota as the Dallas Stars take on the Wild in the final game of the season.

As I stated on Thursday, I’m not going to go over his great career in detail just yet as there is still a possibility that he returns next season. Modano is not one to give up easily, and with his parents calling for him to keep playing who knows what he decides. I have a feeling that his decision will be determined on whether the Dallas Stars offer him a contract for next season.

As we gear up for Modano’s possible last game, in Minnesota, he says a decision will not come easily.

“A lot of people have said to keep going and go as long as you can, but sometimes the scenario and the situation isn’t such,” Modano said. “Those factors will be played out as the summer goes on. It’s hard to make those decisions right now. I need some time, I think.”

What’s interesting is that Modano had a chance to head to Minnesota, way back in 2004. From Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press:

Five years ago, Modano’s representatives contacted the Wild and offered a proposal: Modano wanted to finish his career where it started, in Minnesota, and was willing to sign a three-year contract. The money apparently wasn’t a problem. But the length of the contract was. Three years were one more than former general manager Doug Risebrough thought were prudent to give a 35-year-old free agent with a lot of hard miles on him.

Modano would end up taking a ‘home-town discount’ to stay with the Dallas Stars.