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Stars want to give Modano a job, but not just any job

Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk

Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, left, and Mike Modano pose with a Stars jersey during a news conference announcing Modano’s retirement from professional hockey in Dallas, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Modano signed a one-day contract with the team in order to be able to retire as a Stars player.(AP Photo/LM Otero)


Dallas Stars president Jim Lites says the hiring of Mike Modano isn’t a matter of if -- it’s a matter of when.

“Mike will do whatever we want; I just want to make sure we use him effectively. I want to make sure he is comfortable with what he is doing and it is substantive,” Lites told ESPN Dallas. “So what we want to do with Mo is get him comfortable and know what he wants to do because if we have him do things he is not comfortable doing, it will fail and that won’t be good. We hopeful and we’re getting closer.”

Modano retired in September after 21 NHL seasons. Since then, he’s met with Lites and new Stars owner Tom Gaglardi, who discussed Modano joining the organization when he took over the team last month.

“The guy is the most important player I think to ever have worn a Stars jersey,” Gaglardi said. “In my opinion, he’s the best American-born hockey player to ever play in the NHL. I’ve gotten to know Mike in the last little while and enjoyed my time with him.

“I’ve expressed an interest that I’d like to have him involved in some capacity with the Dallas Stars and Mike has expressed the same thing to me.”

The ESPN report says Modano likely will join the team on the “business side” of things.

Since “business side” is kind of vague, I should point out Mikey Mo has spent a good chunk of his retirement playing golf and screwing around on Twitter. If he has to submit a resume, here’s hoping this picture adorns his CV.