Mike Modano considering options
FRISCO, Texas -- Mike Modano expects to make a decision in "two to three weeks" whether he will return to hockey for his 22nd season or retire.
During a batting practice session for Saturday's 10th annual Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball charity event, Modano said he returned to Dallas around Memorial Day weekend and has spent most of the offseason relaxing in the metroplex.
"I've just been taking it easy," said Modano, the host of the event. "I've been on some vacations, kind of lying around playing some golf and not really in a rush to make a decision one way or the other about what's going to happen."
Modano, 41, played for the Red Wings last season after spending the previous 20 with the Stars in Minnesota and Dallas.
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Modano has talked about his decision to a few of his friends at the baseball event who have opposing stances on what Modano will ultimately choose:
"I think if the right opportunity came along for him, I think he'd love to put the skates on for one more year because he was in great shape this year before he got hurt up in Detroit," said The Heroes Foundation founder Charlie McKinney, one of the charities that will benefit from the baseball game. "... I think he feels he's got one more year in him."
"I'm from Detroit, so I'm thrilled if he does retire as a Red Wing," said actor Geoff Stults, who has attended Modano's charity event every year and talked to him Thursday night about his decision.
"Mike doesn't have to prove anything and it just comes down to whether in the next two weeks if he decides he wants to put in the time and the preparation," said Stults. "It's not even about playing for him, I think -- it's about what it takes to get ready to play. At his age, maybe he wants to golf."
Modano was the first overall pick in the 1988 draft and has been selected to seven All-Star games. Modano has the most goals, points and playoff points by an American-born player and the most games played by an American-born forward.
He is the Stars franchise leader in points, goals, assists and games played. Modano was also apart of the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup team, the only championship in franchise history.
Master Tesfatsion is a reporter for ESPNDallas.com.
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