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Mike Modano hopes he has three months of hockey left in his career.
The longtime Dallas Stars forward, who joined the Red Wings this season, said Tuesday that his body is telling him it’s time to get out of the game as a player and that he plans on retiring after Detroit completes its playoff journey.
USA Today NHL writer Kevin Allen recently presented his preliminary list of unrestricted NHL free agents of interest.
Allen ranked Dallas Stars center Brad Richards as his No. 1 free agent target this off-season.
“If he doesn’t re-sign, he will be the only premium center in the marketplace,” Allen wrote.
Richards was the only Stars player among the 22 players he listed in the roundup.
For the second straight year, the Edmonton Oilers are on the clock. But there’s much more on general manager Steve Tambellini’s to-do list this off-season than merely picking first at June’s NHL draft. Retaining the top pick in the draft lottery — a selection the Oilers used to take Taylor Hall last year — is indeed a good place to start. However, given Edmonton finished last for a second straight season, Tambellini has plenty of work to do.
Getting it could prove to be another headache for the Maple Leafs general manager, who has had more than his fair share in the 21/2 years he has been attempting to re-make the Toronto roster. If Burke has taken care of his No. 1 priority by the time training camp opens in September, it means he will have either signed or traded for an established top-line centre who won’t wilt as the regular season intensifies in the final few months.
Whether it was something everybody had overlooked to this point or a carefully-planted excuse, Brian Burke on Tuesday introduced labour peace as part of the equation that would determine whether Ron Wilson gets a contract extension beyond 2011-12.How’s that for a Hobson’s choice? No hockey or no Ron Wilson.