Claimed by Los Angeles from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles for Real Lemieux and Juha Widing, February 28, 1970. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Bert Wilson and Jerry Butler for Bill Collins and John Davidson, June 18, 1975.
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