NHL 2010-11: Mike Modano and Five Other Vets Hoping for Last Shot at Cup

August 24th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Old dogs, wily veterans, seasoned warriors, grizzled vets, call them what you will, you'd be hard-pressed to find an NHL team that doesn't want to add at least one of them to their lineup over the summer.

Sure, most of them aren't what they used to be and can't really be counted on to carry much of load, but that's fine, that's not what their teams need.

Like ice in a cocktail, a veteran player isn't likely to define the drink, or even stir it, but take them away, and you know that something's missing.

Take Mike Modano for instance.

He's slated to center Detroit's third line and see some time on the second power play unit, not exactly marquee status.

However, having someone of Modano's experience, status, and yes, diminished, yet still significant talent on your third line is a huge plus for any team looking for scoring depth in the regular season and especially the playoffs.

The Detroit Red Wings' motivation for nabbing Modano for one year, and perhaps his last are obvious, but what about his motivation for coming to Detroit?

What was that Red Wings' owner Mike Illitch said at Modano's presser, "Cup-py, C ...

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