Mike Modano is the face of the (North) Star franchise and I don’t know how many decades it’ll take before someone replaces him as the best player to lace up the skates for a Stars team.
My guess: a few.
Modano has always marched to his own beat, even early on when he turned down scholarship offers in order to play for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.You can look long and hard and not find many hockey players who starred for Detroit Compuware one season (66 goals in 69 games at age 15) and the Prince Albert Raiders the following year (32 goals in 70 games).
Modano’s career has had some minor glitches (he lost the Calder to Sergei Makarov before the NHL closed up the age gap) but there’s little doubt he’s the best American hockey player ever.
I’ve never cheered for Mike Modano but always respected him as a player. Impossible to cheer for because he was usually beating the Oilers brains in (don’t even debate this with me. Seriously, I don’t want to talk about the Dallas Stars) Modano did it with such grace, style and skill only a blind man (or a stupid one) would be unable to give him his due.
I’m glad to have been a hockey fan while Mike Modano played in the league. It would have been more fun if he’d been an Oiler, though.
A big victory yesterday with Shawn Horcoff playing the Modano role. Whenever someone rips Horcoff I always say “your opinion of Shawn Horcoff says more about you than it does about Shawn Horcoff” which isn’t very nice but it’s true.
The Oilers problem isn’t Shawn Horcoff: it’s that they don’t have enough Shawn Horcoff’s. They need a $1.6M Shawn Horcoff now that the actual Shawn Horcoff is getting the big dough.
That’s the role Marc Pouliot should be filling, the role Kyle Brodziak might be able to fill, the role Edmonton will address when they trade Dwayne Roloson.
Jeff Deslauriers apparently starts today. If he plays well, I suspect we’ll see a trade this week.