Article by Izzy Presley, AM660
July 17, 2012
Former Minnesota North Star great Mike Modano tweeted on the 4th of July (@9Modano) “Can I come back and play in Minnesota too..? #northstars” after it was announced that the Minnesota Wild had signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
The 42 year old Modano retired before the start of the 2011/12 season after playing one year with his hometown team the Detroit Red Wings.
Arguably one of the greatest American born NHLer’s in the leagues history, Modano’s final season was plagued by injury, but after a year away from the game, the possibility of one more year is not out of his mind.
In an interview with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Modano did not discount the possibility of a return to the game.
“I don’t know,” he said. “You look at things and you wonder what’s the worst thing that could happen? I mean, I get in better shape. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the CBA and everything, but I mean, one more year? That kind of intrigues me.”
Could Modano feasibly make a serious comeback, and would the Wild be interested in adding the 42 year old to the roster? Time will only tell.
In his last season in the league, his numbers dropped dramatically along with his ice time which could either have been a direct result of injury, or age.
Although a return could be a long shot, it is tough to rule anything out in the world of hockey. It would take a lot of hard work and conditioning on the part of Modano, but if he could pull it off and the Wild would be interested, it could be a bitter sweet homecoming for the star who went south so many years ago.