Credit has been slow coming for a couple of reasons: Modano plays in Texas which is a long way from the heart of the NHL, and based on his quote history he may well be the biggest jerk alive. He was one of the Americans (apparently) involved in the dustup that resulted in “rooms gone wrong” at the Olympics a few years back and his quote during the lockout remains one of the poorest in recent memory.
Having said all that, the guy has been a beast forever. A true blue outscorer who can do the heavy lifting and still hammer on a drum until closing time. He was once a scrawny ragamuffin from the USA come to play hockey in the Hinterland (Prince Albert) but that experience and a few more along the way turned him into a man on the ice and he proceeded to kick Oiler ass rolling out over a decade.
I’ve always enjoyed him as a player, he’s a thinking man’s player. He was also the victim of the nadir of the NHL’s off-ice medical history (Modano was injured badly enough to be placed on a stretcher, which medical staff proceeded to DROP and watch fall on its side!) and has had a Hall of Fame career by any measure.
If Modano’s playing tonight, I imagine he’ll do something to kill us. Mike Ribiero might lead this team in points, but I’d still take Modano pushing 40 over that guy.
As for the Oilers, Ladislav Smid suffered a Moreau in practice yesterday which means Mathieu Roy draws in and Dwayne Roloson has requested a trade which should mean he plays tonight since a team interested in dealing for him (if there is one) might want to see him play.
I’ll look forward to watching the kids up front and Pitkanen is always interesting. Ales Hemsky needs a rest.