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Wings help Modano get acclimated

Thursday, 09.9.2010 / 12:04 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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DETROIT – Mike Modano admitted that Thursday morning’s experience could likely be the first of many awkward moments for the veteran center.

“There probably will be a handful of those that will happen throughout the whole season,” said Modano, who staked with his new Red Wings’ teammates for the first time since signing a one-year contract with the club last month.

“Maybe this came at a good time in my career, where I needed something to rejuvenate me and ignite my career a little bit. Maybe this is it,” Modano said.

Modano, who was born in Livonia, Michigan, and attended Franklin High School, became a free agent when the Dallas Stars opted not to re-sign him. He reportedly drew interest from other organizations, but in the end, he decided to return to Detroit and an area where he played youth hockey.

“This is a great team, great organization, great city,” said Modano, who is the all-time leading American-born scorer in NHL history with 1,359 points in 1,459 career games.

While Modano spoke to reporters following Thursday’s informal practice he was immersed in Red Wings’ tradition and history as legendary hockey hall of famer Ted Lindsay sat across the room talking to Tomas Holmstrom.

“Just tons of history,” Modano said. “And some great pictures in the locker room of a lot of guys that I came here to watch in the 70s and early 80s. … Ted was always a cornerstone, obviously. It’s great that they still come around.”

Early in practice, Modano skated laps and chatted with veterans Kris Draper and Brian Rafalski, who helped – pardon the pun – break the ice.
 
“It was a little bit strange,” said Modano, referring to the first day. “Walking out a different tunnel and being around those guys. But it’s a good excitement though. I’m really looking forward to getting acclimated. Everybody has been great. I’ve known them for years and we’ve always had some good battles on the ice. They’ve always been competitive and real hard to play against on the ice.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80