The news that Dallas Stars fans have been expecting is now official: Mike Modano has decided against retirement and signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. When it comes to athletes changing teams, the sight of Modano in a Wings jersey won’t be nearly as traumatic as this sight or this spectacle. The parting of ways seems to have been amicable enough that Stars fans can wish the Livonia, Mich. native well as he goes back to his hometown. Given the way the Wings got Chris Chelios to play until he was 105 years old, Modano might be there for the next five years.
I picked this tribute video to Number 9, but there are any number of other clips that showcase how easily the game and the goals just seemed to come to this silky operator. Dallas fans will miss him.