Modano plans to join Stars in L.A.

Updated: March 22, 2010, 10:07 PM ET
By Richard Durrett |

Dallas Stars center Mike Modano said he felt good after skating Monday morning for the first time since undergoing an appendectomy a week earlier.

In a text message to, Modano said he plans to join the team, which is trying to keep its faint playoff hopes alive, in time for Saturday's game at the Los Angeles Kings.

The Stars are in Nashville to face the Predators on Tuesday night then head to California for three games, starting Thursday in San Jose.

Modano, 39, indicated that he plans to skate again Tuesday. He has appeared in 54 of the Stars' 72 games this season and has 13 goals and 13 assists.

Modano, who holds the NHL career scoring record for U.S.-born players, was expected to miss two weeks after the surgery.

Richard Durrett covers the Stars for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.