Mike Modano Gone Until Playoffs?

Heading ino December it’s safe to say that one of the biggest on ice disappointments this year has been the shortened homecoming for Detroit Red Wings forward Mike Modano. After playing 20 years with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization Modano decided last summer to postpone retirement and sign a one year contract with the Red Wings. This 40 year-old who hails from Livonia Michigan was talked into joining Detroit by their veteran coach Mike Babcock and defenceman Nicklas Lindstrom. Modano, who is the highest scoring American born player with 559 goals and 1367 points was excelling on the third line where he scored two goals and eight points before he got seriously injured. Last Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Modano suffered the misfortune of sufferering a torn tendon in his right wrist which was accidently cut by a R.J. Umberger skate blade. He returned to Detroit that night and underwent surgery on Saturday morning at the Detroit Medical Center. “A guy lost his balance and a skate came up and Mike was sort of stretched out and the skate got under the glove and did significant damage,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. “The doctor wants to give it a little time to see how he heals. It’s going to take a period of time to figure out. It’s a significant injury and it’s going to take a significant period of time.” Unfortunately the team doesn’t expect him to play again until around playoff time. Until then coach Babcock said that Modano faces a huge challenge when it comes to rehab. “The commitment he’s going to have to make off-ice is going to be as big as he’s ever made in his career,” Babcock said. ” Because when you arrive back, everything’s going 900 miles an hour. It’s different when you’re 25 than when you’re 35. Those are challenges for him.” Hockey fans especially in Detroit were obviously hoping to see him play and enjoy his skills for an entire season.

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