Modano: time was right to move

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:51 PM ET

DETROIT -- It was one of the most intriguing moves of the offseason.

The Detoit Red Wings added another veteran to their already veteran-laden lineup.

This addition was Mike Modano, a 40-year-old who had played his entire career in Dallas/Minnesota.

The Red Wings brought the highest scoring American in National Hockey League history to his home town for $1.25 million.

If he can still play, he's a bargain and the Wings will have depth in scoring through three lines.

Modano says the time was right for him to make the move. Things had soured considerably in Dallas and coming to Detroit will offer him a challenge that will get his hockey juices flowing.

"Things became real stale for me, I wasn't having much fun," he said. ". . . 22 years with one team, you kind of got comfortable at home. Here it's a fresh start. You have to re-establish yourself again. It's a little tough at 40 to do it again. But I don't believe they are asking a whole lot from me just to come in and be a real solid dependable player."

Becoming just another player in the Red Wings organization is not a reality for Modano but with all the Red Wings superstars, Modano won't have the burden of carrying the team.

"That was always the expectation in Dallas," he said.

Red Wings' captain Nicklas Lidstrom has no doubts Modano can still play.

"The first few days in Traverse (City) we could see what Modano could do with his feet, his shot, his playmaking ability," he said. "I like the addition."

Modano says there are times when he is "grinding on 40 pretty bad."

"There's motivation to go out and play and prove Detroit right and Dallas wrong," he said. "And you have to prove things to yourself. Can I still play the game? Can I contribute? Those are things I've grown accustomed to doing. Obviously, I'm not the player I was 10 years ago. Things have changed but you can still think the game."


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