While Mike Modano has not, actually, been in touch with the San Jose Sharks, that doesn't mean the former Dallas Stars center has completely put his playing days behind him.
Modano became the topic of conversation Sunday afternoon when a two-year-old story resurfaced that gave the impression he had been talking with the San Jose Sharks about a comeback. Modano clarified that this was an old story, and not news, via his Twitter account.
But in Sunday's Buffalo news, columnist Bucky Gleason relayed some quotes from Modano where he said he would consider a comeback if a team approached him.
"Oh, my god," Modano said with a laugh. "There's a sour taste in my mouth with the way [my career] ended. I thought it could be more of a fairytale departure. I don't know if I'm still looking for that or what, but I'm not totally pulling that option off the table."
I can understand his thinking here. The wrist injury during his final season with the Detroit Red Wings really derailed what he was hoping would be an exclamation point on a Hall of Fame career. But at age 42 and a year away from the game, I'm not sure a comeback would be feasible at this point for him or any player.
After the jump, how this year's backup goalie position will shape up, Mike Ribeiro makes quite the first impression and he'll fit right in with his rapping Russian teammate.
- With last year's backup Richard Bachman signing a one-year, one-way contract with the Stars last week, it would be easy to think he has this year's backup job sewn up. But according to goalie coach Mike Valley, who talked to Mike Heika for this paywalled article, there's still going to be quite a battle. [DallasNews.com]
- Barring an unexpected free agent signing, and given the way this off-season has gone, who knows at this point, the three goalies profiled here on this official site will likely be the ones to challenge Bachman for his NHL job. [DallasStars.com]
- As we're all busy evaluating this season's free agent signings before a game has been played, others are taking a look back at last year's class, and Michael Ryder easily makes the list of top signings.[ProHockeyTalk]
- Both current Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and former Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray move up in ESPN's ranking of fantasy hockey defensemen. Now, the fact that the list ranks Ryan Suter above Shea Weber may give you pause about the rest of the rankings, but hey, it's summer and we're searching for things to talk about at this point. [ESPN]
- Mike Ribeiro was finally introduced to the Washington Captials media late last week. First, the general article about what he said and what the team hopes he will bring. [CSN Washington]
- You may have noticed high in that story that Adam Oates referenced Ribeiro as looking "like a rapper." This link will show you where that thought came from. [SB Nation DC]
- This Sharks fan loves to hate Brenden Morrow, and I hope in the worst way that he can regain this hateable form whenever this season gets started. [Blades of Teal]
- My favorite essayist over at Backhand Shelf takes on Cam Janssen and the role of the goon in ice hockey. [Backhand Shelf]
- Mike Ribeiro might look like a rapper, but Alex Ovechkin is still trying to be a rapper. I'm not sure which is better. [Puck Daddy]
- I told you guys if we were hurting for video this week, we'd post the footage of the Stars prospects skeet shooting. Well we're hurting for new video, so here's shotguns and clay pigeons.