DETROIT — According to several reports, Mike Modano has made up his mind where he’s going to play hockey this season.
And all signs point to him finishing his career in Hockeytown.
Wings general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Modano will play in Detroit this season.
An official announcement should come as soon as Modano returns from a golf trip in Scotland or even earlier.
Modano is expected to to sign a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. The Wings see Modano as a third-line center possibly playing with Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler.
The Westland native spent over three hours with general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock attending a Tigers game last month.
San Jose and Minnesota were the other teams interested in obtaining his services.
After the game he told the Dallas Morning News, “They are very serious about how I can help them and that’s a great feeling. I can see myself fitting in with this group, and to hear that they want me, that does make you feel you can definitely still play.”
Modano, who made $2.25 million last year in Dallas, scored 14 goals and had 16 assists with the Stars last season, playing in just 59 games.
“It’s totally up to me,” Modano said. “We talked about my situation, what it would be, how I would fit in and the logistics of it all. It was good. They haven’t pressured me into making a decision. But I know the sooner the better for everybody so they can get their financial situation resolved and figured out.
“It’s pretty enticing when you go through this sort of thing,” Modano added. “The whole scenario and picture that’s painted is intriguing. You look at their four lines and they are stout no matter who you play with. Everyone is interchangeable.”
Modano, who spent his entire career with the Stars’ organization after being drafted No. 1 overall in 1988, is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, with 557 goals and 802 assists in 1,459 career games.