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I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out Modano decided to play yesterday, but was told not to reveal it until after Probert's funeral. I expect an announcement tomorrow afternoon or Saturday Morning.

Agreed. All respects to Probie right now. Hopefully they wear a 24 patch next year.

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Remember, even if he decides he wants to play, according to reports they haven't talked money yet. That's not to say it'll be a huge sticking point by any means, but deciding to play and signing the deal are two different things, and with the Probert funeral and all, I wouldn't be shocked to find out that they've been working on getting it locked down and signed the last few days. I still think we'll hear that he's signed tomorrow afternoon, though could easily see it announced over the weekend or Monday too given the circumstances. But I really think he's going to sign, and that it's more in progress than we know.

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I must disagree, I think Modano would make this team a force. We already look pretty darn good imo, then adding a Modano? Sure as hell isnt making us worse!

well you hope not. depends where he is mentally and emotionally.

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well you hope not. depends where he is mentally and emotionally.

I think he proved with his play last season on a pretty bad Dallas team that the desire is still there... whether you like or dislike the signing, you can't argue that he is an asset, not a liability and will only make a team better on a 3rd line role.... keep in mind, he had 11 more pts than Miller in 21 less games last year...

EDIT - As I said in another thread, IF Modano signs, I wouldn't mind the Wings swinging something like this:

- Drew Miller to CBJ for Jared Boll

- Derek Meech and Mattias Ritola to Boston for Mark Stuart (also gives Boston some MUCH needed cap relief and fills out roster spots on the cheap, plus a high prospect in Ritola)

- Mike Modano signed via FA

(lines arbitrary for formatting reasons)

Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m)

Jiri Hudler ($2.875m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m)

Todd Bertuzzi ($1.938m) / Mike Modano ($1.000m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)

Justin Abdelkader ($1.000m) / Darren Helm ($1.000m) / Patrick Eaves ($0.750m)

Jared Boll ($0.850m)

Kris Draper ($1.583m)

Nicklas Lidstrom ($6.200m) / Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m)

Brad Stuart ($3.750m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)

Mark Stuart ($1.675m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($0.900m)

Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)

Jimmy Howard ($0.717m) / Chris Osgood ($1.417m)

ROSTER: 22; CAP:$59.4m; CARRY-OVER PENALTY: $0.050m;

PAYROLL: $58.975m; CAP ROOM: $0.300m; BONUSES: $0.000m

WITH THAT SAID - I'd rather us take a flier on Modano and let the kids play (plus I really don't like the idea of giving up on Ritola without ever really giving him a chance) and maybe letting Miller go to add some nastiness, but otherwise, standing pat... at the same token, I wouldn't hate Modano coming here...

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I can't wrap my head around the concept of him on this team. Hang 'em up, Mike. Sorry, but it's past your time to go.

I remember people saying the same thing about Hasek and Hull...I thought they did ok. Larionov was also "past his time" when they picked him up the second time....Again I think he did fairly well.

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I remember people saying the same thing about Hasek and Hull...I thought they did ok. Larionov was also "past his time" when they picked him up the second time....Again I think he did fairly well.

don't forget a "past his prime" Larry Murphy...

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don't forget a "past his prime" Larry Murphy...

Sorry for forgeting Murphy.

I think people fail to realize that when a Hall Of Fame player is "Past His Prime" he is still better than the majority of talent out there. Look at Yzerman...On one leg he was good enough to play at a high level and win a cup.

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Thanks, I'm glad I'm not alone.

I think you're just going a little too drastic with it - I actually would prefer we stay away from him as well(not wanting to give up on Ritola yet without giving him a shot as my main reason)... but I wouldn't hate the signing and can see it's upside as well...

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ugh..............

ugh? I think he'd do quite well here. We need a fast sniper.

Meh, then again, we do need another d-man.......

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He would NEVER work here - he was run out of Buffalo for a poor work ethic and takes nights off at a pace that rivals only Alexi Yashin - Babcock would have him in the press box by game 10...

Butbutbut Shanahanman wants offseason excitement! Damnit, Holland, give him offseason excitement! You gave him no trade deadline excitement!!

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His presence is not necessary on our team.

Get Afinogenov over here.

I would take Modano at age 50 over Afinogenov any time. He's fast (when he's not being lazy) and has a decent shot, but never scored more than 24 goals in a season and doesn't play defense. No thanks.

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itd be a big kick in the face to dallas if he doesnt retire with them. hes been there his whole career. but who knows

Umm... how is it a kick in the face to Dallas? THEY were the ones who said they didn't want him back. It was a kick in the face to Modano.

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Butbutbut Shanahanman wants offseason excitement! Damnit, Holland, give him offseason excitement! You gave him no trade deadline excitement!!

No excitement? Are you kidding?

They announced they wouldn't be keeping Lebda!

They failed to bid for Lang, Kariya, Kovy, AND Schneider.

They didn't trade for Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, Iginla, OR anyone surnamed Staal.

They didn't attempt to lure Forsberg, Sundin, Scott Neidermeyer (pending) or Cloutier out of retirement.

No excitement? What? All of those things we were banking on happening, and they didn't do it? Be still my thundering heart! I can't keep up with the shocking post-season antics around here.

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Umm... how is it a kick in the face to Dallas? THEY were the ones who said they didn't want him back. It was a kick in the face to Modano.

Also, Mike claimed that he had the impression that he was free to play as long as he wanted.

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