Unrestricted free agent center Mike Modano
has spent his entire 20-year NHL career with the Dallas Stars
' franchise. But it was in the Detroit-based Little Caesars youth program where the perennial All-Star center honed his hockey skills.
And it's that connection to the local hockey scene, which have created buzz and suspension surrounding Modano's visit with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock on Tuesday.
"We're flying Mike Modano
in for today," Holland told DetroitRedWings.com. "Mike Babcock and I are going to spend the day with him."
The Wings' officials plan to lunch with Modano, and they will also attend Tuesday's Tigers-Baltimore Orioles game at Comerica Park.
"I think Mike Modano is going through the process of whether or not he wants to play again. If he does want to play again, obviously, because he's a local hall-of-fame-to-be player, who we think has some hockey left in him, we have interest." -- Ken Holland
"I think Mike Modano
is going through the process of whether or not he wants to play again," Holland said. "If he does want to play again, obviously, because he's a local hall-of-fame-to-be player, who we think has some hockey left in him, we have interest."
Modano, 40, played the last 16 seasons in Dallas. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars in 1988. The franchise moved to Texas in time for the start of the 1993-94 season.
Modano, a native of Westland, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, is the all-time points leader among U.S.-born players with 1,359 points in 1,459 career games.
The Red Wings honored Modano before a Wings-Stars game in February 2008 at Joe Louis Arena shortly after the three-time Olympian set the new American points record.
Before that game, Modano said, "I was pretty surprised and honored at the same time. They've always been a real class organization and Little Caesars has always been good to me throughout my career and my life. But being from Detroit, it was quite a thrill to have them going out of their way like that."
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