DETROIT - Rulan Salei also has ties with another new Red Wing, Mike Modano.
Salei was suspended for 10 games in October 1999 for checking the former Dallas Star from behind into the boards face first. Modano suffered a concussion, a broken nose and strained ligaments in his neck.
“I haven’t got the chance to officially apologize to him,” Salei said. “I will do that soon so we can put that behind us and so you guys can stop asking me and him about it. It’s something that will stay between us. I don’t think it’s going to affect our relationship in any way.
“Hopefully it’s going to be the last time we talk about it,” Salei added.