Modano makes it official

Mike Modano is leaving the Stars franchise after 20 years with the club. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

Mike Modano is leaving the Stars franchise after 20 years with the club. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings made it official on Thursday and agreed to a one-year contract with veteran centre Mike Modano.

Financial terms were not disclosed, per team policy, but the Detroit Free Press previously reported the deal was worth $1.25 million.

The Livonia, Mich., native was the first overall pick of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and had spent his entire 20-year career with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise, registering 557 goals and 802 assists in 1,459 regular season games. The goals and points total (1,359) are the most for any American-born hockey player in NHL history.

The 40-year-old also helped the Stars win their first and only Stanley Cup championship in 1998-99, recording 34 goals and 47 assists during that regular season in addition to 23 playoff points.

In his rookie campaign in 1990, he was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, but he lost out to 31-year-old Sergei Makarov, who had been playing in the Soviet Championship League for 12 years before coming to the NHL. This led to the NHL changing the age requirements for the Calder Trophy so that no one over the age of 26 could win the award.

His playoff records are just as impressive, holding the record for most postseason points by an American-born player with 145 (58 goals, 87 assists) in 174 games.

He is only the 14th player to score 500 goals with one team and 39th, overall.

The Stars did not offer their franchise star a contract following his 14-goal, 16-assist 2009-10 campaign.


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