RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 01: Manny Malhotra #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes participates in warmups prior to an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena on November 1, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes signed the 33-year-old veteran center to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday afternoon. Malhotra had previously logged eight games with the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes AHL affiliate, on a professional tryout contract, but makes his return at the NHL level tonight for the fi
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday