Report: Modano won't make decision before August 5


The Detroit Free Press has the scoop:

Reached Monday evening, Modano told the Free Press he'll make a decision, "when I start skating again -- see how that feels."

Modano said he plans to hit the ice Aug. 5 and that he won't make a decision before that time. He confirmed his options for continuing his 20-season NHL career are Detroit, San Jose and Minnesota.

The Wings have offered Modano, 40, a one-year contract worth $1.25 million and have a bit of wiggle room to inflate that if needed. The Wings hope the twin lures of playing near his hometown of Westland and between Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler will pull him to Detroit.

As we touched on yesterday, the Red Wings faithful aren't too happy with the amount of time it's taking for Modano to make his decision. It's hard to blame them, what with Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm still waiting for new contracts. But what's most interesting is that it now appears Modano has completely turned on his "Detroit or retirement" statement, and Minnesota and San Jose look like legitimate options at this point. 

So we ask you, Stars fans: 

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