A lot will be said over the next few days (maybe weeks) about Mike Modano and what he’s done for the Dallas Stars and what life will be like now that he doesn’t play for the Stars any more. What life will be like for the Stars, for Mike and not least, for us Stars fans.
This is a big day. A sad day.
Most of what will be said will be better than I can say it, but there will be plenty said by people in town that have no idea what it’s all about.
I may just update this one post with new things as the day goes on.
First of all, Mike Heika reminds us of this video retrospective. It made me misty when I saw it after the last game of the season, but today the tears are flowing.
(I did not write that title.)
• Richard Durrett got Brad Richards’ and Steve Ott’s reactions.
• Last night I happened to check the Stars site and found some great photo galleries from behind the scenes of the last two games of Mike’s Stars career. The pictures are all by Trey Hill, who I hope somehow becomes the Stars’ official photographer from now on. If he did our roster photos for next season, we’d be the envy of all NHL fans.
• Mike Heika with Mike’s reaction. I hear he’ll have a press conference tomorrow morning, so we’ll be able to hear more. (I’m sure I won’t be able to hold back the tears then, either.) (You know, this is why I switched from movies to sports, so I wouldn’t have to cry all the time. It’s not really working out that well.)
When asked about his fit on the Stars, he said he wasn’t happy last season.
“No, but who on the team was,” he asked rhetorically. “It wasn’t a good season, it didn’t come together very easily. I just think you have to put that in the past and move on.”
• Here’s some more reaction, again courtesy of Mike Heika.
• Brad Gardner over at Defending Big D has a good take on the situation.
As badly as I want to admonish the Stars, I can find no fault with this hockey decision. As much as I want to beg Mike Modano to ride off into the sunset, you can’t deny that fire in him that wants to play. This situation is a “lose-lose” if ever there was one.