Detroit Red Wings

Mike Modano to Detroit? Lets Hope Not

DALLAS - APRIL 08:  Center Mike Modano #9 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on April 8, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 4, 2010

According to reports, Mike Modano has only been contacted by one team so far to try and sign him for the 2010-11 season. That team is the Detroit Red Wings.

Why would the Wings be interested in Modano? Your guess is as good as mine. While Modano has had an excellent career, he has lost a lot of speed and is no more then a third liner, but not a third liner the Wings need.

With $52.7 million already tied up in just nine forwards, five defensemen, two goalies and a lot of restricted free agents to sign in Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, and Derek Meech, the Wings clearly don't have much breathing room when it comes to what they can spend from here on out.

Not only do the numbers not work, but Modano clearly doesn't fit in with this team. It is important for Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader to receive ample playing time this season if they are in the Wings future plans, but signing Modano will ultimately push one of them to the wing or out of the lineup completely.

Modano is also not your typical third liner. He does not get involved in the physical play and will not help our third line in doing their job, which is to tire out the opposition with plenty of hits and cycling in the offensive zone.

The bottom two lines were dominated by San Jose's bottom two lines in last year's playoffs and Modano would not have made a difference. A healthy Patrick Eaves and an appearance from playoff tested Jiri Hudler might have.

This team has what it takes to rebound from what happened last year and Mike Modano will not improve this team in any way. All he does is take time away from the younger players who can do just as good of a job as he can at this point in his career and complicate our cap situation further.

No other team is going after Mike Modano, so why are we? Please Mr. Holland, just say no to Mike Modano.

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